May 20 Chapter Meeting

  • 20 May 2014
  • Breakfast in Bellevue, Luncheon in Seattle


Registration is closed

DOL's Audit Process

1 CE has been approved by the WAOIC for this program

Bring a colleague for free to the May breakfast meeting. First sign up for the breakfast meeting then email the WP&BC office with your colleague's name and company information.

The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration, or EBSA, oversees Title I of ERISA, a Federal law which offers protections for individuals enrolled in health, retirement, and other benefit plans sponsored by private-sector employers.

EBSA has enforcement authority for these laws with respect to employment-based group plans. We conduct civil and criminal investigations to protect the employee benefits promised by those plans. One of our current enforcement projects is the nationwide Health Benefits Security Project, where we utilize our established health plan enforcement initiatives to ensure full implementation of the new protections provided by the Affordable Care Act. As part of these investigations, we typically look for compliance with the Affordable Care Act market reform provisions including restricting lifetime and annual limits, providing for coverage of preventative services, prohibiting rescissions and preexisting condition exclusions, extension of dependent coverage, internal claims and appeals and external reviews, and other patient protections.

Our investigators also look at Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs), which are health care plans that are often promoted as a way for small businesses to pool their resources and obtain affordable health insurance for their employees. While MEWAs can be a legitimate way to provide health insurance coverage, we are particularly concerned with the problem of abusive MEWAs that are created by unscrupulous promoters who sell the promise of inexpensive health benefit insurance, but default on their obligations. Our enforcement activities against fraudulent MEWAs are not new, but we do have new enforcement tools from the Affordable Care Act that authorize the Secretary of Labor to immediately issue a cease and desist order when fraud is apparent and seize the assets from a MEWA when probable cause exists to believe that the plan is in a financially hazardous condition.

Kimberly Neuharth is a Supervisory Investigator for the United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration.

May 20 Chapter Meeting

Online registration closes May 18.
Register by phone until noon on May 19 at 206-623-8632.
No refunds after May 16.
Members must log in to get the member rate.
Meeting flyer

Bellevue Breakfast - Daniel's Broiler

Located in the Bank of America building
10500 N.E. 8th, 21st Floor, Bellevue, WA 98004

The underground parking garage is shared with the Hyatt.
Once in the garage look for the 'Bank of America' elevators.
Take garage elevator to the Bank of America lobby.
Switch to a building elevator to go to 21st floor.
Building elevators are locked until 7 AM.

7:15-7:30 AM  Sign in
7:30-7:40 AM  Breakfast is served
7:40-8:00 AM  Announcements
8:00-9:00 AM  Program

$30 Members online; $40 at the door
$40 Non-members online; $50 at the door

Seattle Luncheon - Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

11:15 AM-11:30 AM  Registration
11:30 AM-11:45 AM  Lunch is served
11:45 AM-12:00 PM  Announcements
12:00 PM-  1:00 PM  Program

$45 Members online; $60 at the door
$60 Non-members online; $75 at the door

Western Pension & Benefits Council • Seattle Chapter
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