Friday, OCTOBER 25, 2013
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions (Continental Breakfast will be served)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Health Insurance 101
Health insurance, for both active employees and retirees, has and continues to be one of the largest and fastest growing portions of a municipal budget. At the same time, the entire health insurance arena is confusing and complex for both employers and employees. In order for local officials to try to rein in these costs, it is essential that they have a clear understanding of the terminology and mechanics of their health plans/policies.
This portion of the seminar will cover heath insurance terms, options, pricing and trends, as well as how health care laws/legislation impact health insurance plans. Bring your questions and concerns as there will be time set aside for Q&A.
10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
10:40 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Health Care Reform & Local Governments
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Federal Health Care Reform, became law in September 2010 and was ruled constitutional in June 2012. Cities and Villages in NYS are grappling with changes to their health-care plans in order to implement the many new coverage requirements found in such Act – and will continue to face implementation challenges as additional sections of the law become effective. During this portion of the seminar, experts and practitioners will present information and strategies you can use to be sure your City or Village is implementing the specific requirements of the new law and planning far enough ahead.
Presenters will cover how to determine if you are a large or small employer (calculating full-time equivalents), dealing with seasonal and part-time workers, along with understanding and planning for the "Cadillac Tax." They will also provide best practices for re-examining your current health-care strategies, giving you information to help your organization determine how each component of health-care reform would affect your plan, allowing you to assess where you are, determine the gaps, and make plan design changes accordingly. Implementation timelines will be discussed along with examples and strategies to assist you in complying with this historic legislation.
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.