September 2016 Employer Webinar

The ACA’s Newest Nondiscrimination Rules and How they
Apply to Group Health Plans

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557 provides that individuals shall not be excluded from participation, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any health program or activity which receives federal financial assistance from HHS on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The rule applies to any program administered by HHS or any health program or activity administered by an entity established under Title I of the ACA. These applicable entities are "covered entities" and include a broad array of providers, employers, and facilities. State-based Marketplaces are also covered entities, as are Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces. Regulations implementing Section 1557 have raised a number of questions for group health plans and their sponsors.

This webinar will:

  • Explain the background of Section 1557 and what it prohibits
  • Discuss which employer’s group health plans are affected
  • Provide information on when self-funded health plans are required to follow Section 1557
  • Discuss whether the new rule requires group health plans to cover sex reassignment surgery or medications
  • Discuss what “federal financial assistance” can mean
  • Provide information on how a self-funded health plan’s TPA could be obligated to report non-conforming health plans to the government
  • Discuss a health plan’s obligations in relation to the limited English proficiency rules
  • Provide tips for benefit plan design 

This 60-minute basic webinar will help employers understand the new nondiscrimination regulations.

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Lorie Maring

Presenter - Lorie Maring


Lorie Maring is Of Counsel in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Fisher Phillips. She focuses her practice on helping employers navigate ERISA and other state and federal laws impacting the design, implementation and ongoing compliance of their employee benefit plans and programs.

Ms. Maring regularly advises clients on the Affordable Care Act, health and welfare benefits, qualified plans, executive compensation, MEWAs, and multiemployer plan issues.

She also represents employers in managing IRS and DOL audits, HIPAA compliance and fiduciary obligations. She serves clients in the public and private sector, including non-profit organizations and trade associations.

Ms. Maring received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, S.C.


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