2021 Annual Employee Benefits Update

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) includes significant employee benefits-related provisions, including a federal subsidy of COBRA premiums. Beginning April 1st, the ARPA COBRA subsidy will cover 100% of the cost of COBRA continuation coverage for up to six months for certain individuals who have had an involuntary termination of employment or reduction in hours. Attendees can expect to learn about:

  • New COBRA employer notice requirements
  • How the COBRA premiums will be paid
  • How employers will be reimbursed

We will also discuss the rapid evolution in the virtual care space due to the pandemic and its dizzying array of vendor options and many different definitions of what constitutes virtual care. In this session, we have asked our partner, Premera BlueCross, to help us understand how this rise in virtual care has pushed them to quickly package programs to meet a variety of client needs, evolve their product portfolio, and enable providers to meet member’s needs today and in the future.

Other topics we will cover:

  • ARPA-related Dependent Care Assistant Plan (DCAP) employee pre-tax elections
  • ARPA-related subsidy increases for individual health insurance purchased through a public marketplace
  • Worksite vaccination updates

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» Bob Radecki | Senior Regulatory & Public Policy Analyst, Principal, Benefit Comply, LLC

Bob Radecki is Senior Regulatory & Public Policy Analyst and a Principal at Benefit Comply, LLC, an employee benefits compliance consulting firm headquartered in St. Paul, MN. Bob has over 30 years’ experience helping employers deal with issues such as the ACA, COBRA, HIPAA, and ERISA and has authored numerous compliance related articles and publications. Prior to his tenure at Benefit Comply Bob served in number of compliance management and consulting roles including founding and serving as President of A.E. Roberts Company, a nationally recognized compliance consulting and training firm. Bob has also been a featured speaker at seminars and webinars nationwide. On a personal note, after spending a weekend with his 8 young grandchildren, Bob actually enjoys spending some relaxing, quiet time studying the latest regulatory guidance!

» Nicole Barnhart | Senior Manager of Product Strategy,
Premera Blue Cross

Nicole Barnhart is Senior Manager of Product Strategy at Premera Blue Cross. Nicole joined Premera in 2006 where she led an analytics consulting team that worked directly with employer clients to recommend solutions and products to drive improved outcomes and savings. In her current role she is responsible for the strategy and design of virtual care products and as well as network based solutions that help direct Premera’s members to high value care, including the Centers of Excellence program and virtual first products.

» Danielle Donovan | Clinical Risk Manager, Parker, Smith & Feek

Danielle is a Clinical Risk Manager within the Healthcare Practice Group, consulting with healthcare clients on professional liability issues and risk management areas affecting operations. Having previously worked in both the patient safety and risk management departments at Virginia Mason Health System, Danielle understands the ever-evolving healthcare environment and negative effects that accidental losses may have on an organization. As a Clinical Risk Manager, her specialty is to assist clients with identifying, reducing, and creating actionable solutions for those areas of risk.

» Kristin DuVal | Benefits Account Executive, Parker, Smith & Feek

Kristin DuVal is an Account Executive in our Employee Benefits Department, consulting clients on health plan funding options, benefit designs, ACA compliance, and fundamental components of overall benefit offerings. Kristin is passionate about partnering with her clients and prospects to help solve today’s complicated benefit challenges and develop long-term financial strategies. She is extremely knowledgeable, resourceful, and forward-thinking.

» Melody Gray | Benefits Account Executive, Parker, Smith & Feek

Melody is an Account Executive in our Employee Benefits Department, providing consulting services and benefit plan designs for small to mid-sized employers in a variety of industries.

» Morgan Matz | Benefits Account Executive, Parker, Smith & Feek

Morgan Matz is an Account Executive in our Employee Benefits Department helping clients strategize, build, and execute their employee benefits programs. Morgan prides herself in assessing the needs of her clients and leveraging innovative ideas and data-driven solutions to help design robust and effective benefit plans. She believes employee education and health promotion along with incorporating an employer’s culture and mission are key factors when developing a long-term benefits strategy with her clients.

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