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Sharing views and making news: November 15, 2016

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Over the past week, our consultants have provided insight into PCORI fees for group health plans, and the impact of a Trump presidency on benefits programs.


U.S., SHRM, IRS Sets PCORI Fees for 2017

“All plan sponsors of self-insured group health plans will pay the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fee in 2017, but the amount of the fee paid will vary depending on when the plan year ends,” said Rich Stover, principal, who co-wrote an alert on the fee increase.

CA, Benefits Canada, What Does a Trump Presidency Means for U.S. Employers?

“One thing that’s sure,” says Tami Simon, Managing Director, Knowledge Resource Center. “this is the first time where I think that tax reform is very seriously going to talk about the taxation of benefits, both on the retirement and health-care side. I don’t think it’s an if anymore. I think it’s a how. And that’s huge.”


2016 Election Outcome: What’s Next for Employee Benefits and Labor/Employment

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET | 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. CT | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. PT

With the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States and the Republican Party winning the majority of congressional seats, Republicans will control both the congressional and regulatory agenda in 2017 and beyond.

Join us for a discussion that will cover:

The outlook for the Affordable Care Act and other health and welfare issues
The evolving landscape for retirement savings, pension and multiemployer plans
The changing spheres of federal and state power and ERISA preemption
The upcoming Supreme Court: a bench of nine

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Allison Klausner, JD

Principal, Government Relations Leader
Xerox HR Services

Allison Klausner is a Principal with the firm and serves as the Government Relations Leader for our Knowledge Resource Center. Allison’s primary responsibility is to help clients and consultants understand important legislative and regulatory developments in the HR and employee benefits field.


Guest Speakers

Lynn Dudley
Senior Vice president, Global Retirement and Compensation Policy
American Benefits Council

Lynn directs the Council’s advocacy efforts regarding retirement and compensation policy, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans and executive and non-qualified deferred compensation. Lynn also coordinates the Council’s efforts and outreach in the international arena, including the Benefits Passport informational series.

Katy Spangler
Senior Vice President, Health Policy
American Benefits Council

Katy directs the development and advocacy of the Council’s health policy priorities. Katy also serves on the Advisory Board to The University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design. Katy has distinctive knowledge and extensive understanding of the Affordable Care Act, having served as Deputy Health Policy Director of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee during the health care reform debate. In this role, she successfully negotiated one of the few unanimously accepted, bipartisan amendments to the health care law giving employers greater flexibility to vary health benefits for employees participating in wellness programs.