Business Health Agenda

Policy/ACA Track Sessions

Policy/ACA Track


Thursday, March 30 — Open to All Attendees

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions 1
1B - Policy/ACA: Will Employees Start Paying Taxes on Health Benefits?

The Affordable Care Act established a “Cadillac” tax on the cost of employer-sponsored health benefits above a certain threshold and is slated to take effect in 2020. As an alternative, some in Congress propose a cap on the federal income tax exclusion for health benefits. Both options would have far-reaching effects on the affordability and availability of health care for employees and employers. Hear from government officials and employers on the practical implications of taxing employer-sponsored health benefits.

  • Colin Goldfinch, Senior Health Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
  • Betsy Hall, Director, Global Public Policy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; David E. Scherb Executive Health Policy Fellow, National Business Group on Health
  • Robert Neis, Benefits Tax Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • J.D. Piro, Compliance/ACA Expert, Senior Vice President, Aon Hewitt
  • Craig Dolezal, Senior Vice President, Health, Aon (Facilitator)
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 2
2A - Policy/ACA: FAQs with DOL, HHS and IRS

Join an interactive session with the three federal agencies that oversee employer-sponsored health plans—the Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service. Learn about regulatory and enforcement efforts that employers should expect to see in the coming months and years. Audience members will be able to share their concerns and ask pressing questions with agency representatives.

  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kevin Knopf, J.D., Senior Technician Reviewer, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, TEGE, Health and Welfare


Friday, March 31 — Open to All Attendees

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions 4
4C - Policy/ACA: The Future of Wellness Programs: Will Incentives Survive?

The rules for wellness incentives have tightened in recent years, in part due to recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations and enforcement actions. Meanwhile, potential changes to the ACA provisions governing wellness programs may also affect program design. Join this session to hear EEOC representatives and employers discuss how they expect incentive designs to change in the coming years and how you can adapt your wellness offerings to reflect the latest wellness design trends and regulatory environment.

  • Kevin Covert, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Human Resources, Honeywell
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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