Whoever said employee benefits compliance can’t be fun was pretty much exactly right ... until now.
The bold and more than modestly deranged ERISA experts from Lockton Benefit Group’s Compliance Services division are throwing all caution to the wind and attempting to make plain the intricacies of employee benefits while laughing through it all.
Their motto: “If after all this effort we can elicit a single laugh, the fact that we skipped lunch to record this will more or less have been worth it.”
Not legal advice: Nothing in this podcast should be construed as legal advice (although it may be considered advice for better living). Lockton may not be considered your legal counsel, and communications with Lockton's Compliance Services group are not privileged under the attorney-client privilege.
THAT just happened: The Georgia run-off election, shifting control of the Senate, and what it means for federal healthcare policy
Whoa, Nellie! What was THAT that just happened in Georgia? The Democrats — not to their surprise but to the surprise of some others — have captured the two U.S. Senate seats for Georgia in special run-off elections, and that changes everything in Washington, at least for the next two years. But does everything include federal healthcare policy? Ed and Scott discuss this, and more, in this special episode.
Welcome to the club: A new way around the old MEWA problem
More and more employers are looking to provide health insurance to contractors, franchisees, agents, and employees of other inadequately related employers under a single umbrella. They continue to bump into a near 50-year-old barrier – multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) rules. Through many a night these rules have left Ed sobbing, but a federal trial court in Texas might have just blown a gaping hole in the MEWA barrier.
Eye of the tiger: The ACA again fights to survive in the U.S. Supreme Court
Eight years ago, the Supreme Court barely upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, justifying the mandate’s penalty as a tax. Fast forward to 2020, and the Supreme Court is again deciding the fate of the individual mandate and, with it, the ACA as a whole. What is it the Court is being asked to decide, and how is it likely to rule? Ed and Scott revisit the ACA’s rocky past and “go back to the future” to discuss its perhaps not-so-uncertain fate.
Clipping coupons: Drug coupon maximization programs for employer group health plans
Prescription drug costs, particularly for specialty drugs, pose a significant financial threat to employer group health plans. But what if those group plans could “clip” manufacturer coupons given to plan members to reduce the plan’s payment?
Scott and Ed are joined by Mark Holloway, JD, of Lockton Compliance Services, and Julayana Meyer, of Lockton Dunning’s pharmacy analytics team, to explore the evolving opportunities, mechanics and potential compliance issues of these programs.
Election 2020: Healthcare policy dreams and political realities
It’s election day eve and healthcare remains a priority as America votes in 2020. We may not know exactly which horse will win the race, but thanks to Scott’s time on The Hill we have a pretty good idea of how health care policy could play out, no matter who comes out on top at the polls.
Scott and Ed talk (generally – no calls or emails, please) about potential election outcomes and the healthcare policy proposals being discussed by the candidates.
Surprise medical bills and a new trick of the medical billing trade … follow the money
Surprise medical bills are a well-known problem within the U.S. healthcare system, but a few bad actors are playing an even more sinister trick on healthcare consumers and employer group plans. Scott and Ed welcome Jennifer Hill, Senior Clinical Consultant from the Lockton Dunning team, to the podcast this week to discuss this new trick of the surprise medical billing trade.
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Great content and entertainment!
Not sure how they make ERISA so entertaining, but they do! Highly recommend this podcast for anyone looking to brush up on what’s new and exciting in the ERISA world.
Dry topics served up extremely wet!
These guys are geniuses!
Good content, whimsical format! Great learning tool!