At The Podium

Bonanza! The Healthcare Hot Topics Panel

Date: May 10, 2018

Event: SWBA 43rd Annual Conference — Wild West of Benefits

Venue: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort

Location: Austin, TX

While speaking at the 43rd Annual SouthWest Benefit Association Conference in Austin, Texas, McAfee & Taft employee benefits attorney Brandon Long provides a legal update on the some of the hottest issues involving healthcare plans. Topics include:

  • How the management of retirement plans compares with that of healthcare plans, and  why healthcare plan sponsors should be on the constant lookout for conflicts of interest
  • Status of association health plans (AHPs)
  • New final rule regarding payment for out-of-network emergency services
  • Mental health parity requirements for group health plans that provide medical/surgical benefits and either mental health or substance use disorder benefits
  • 105(h) nondiscrimination testing

SWBA is a regional association of experienced professionals in the field of employee pension and welfare benefits. Members represent a wide range of specialties, including corporate human resources, benefit plan administration, financial management, investment counseling, trust administration, law, accounting, actuarial, health insurance, and pension and welfare consulting. Through an annual schedule of professional educational conferences and seminars, SWBA provides discussion of a wide range of issues confronting benefit professionals.


Brandon P. Long