CMH to host free healthcare reform webinar for area employers

Webinar designed to help employers understand healthcare reform and how it affects their business

Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH) will host a free healthcare reform webinar titled “Now That the Supreme Court Has Spoken: What’s Next? on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 11:45 a.m. to  1:30 p.m. in the CMH Community Rooms.  A light lunch is included.  The webinar is open to all area employers.

The event, made available from the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA), will feature attorneys Tim Goodman and Jordan Martell with Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, Minn.  Goodman and Martell have spoken on several occasions on the impact of health care reform on employer-sponsored group health plans. Goodman’s practice focuses on assisting employers with health and welfare plans, severance, retirement plans and executive compensation. Martell works with employers on various employee benefits matters, including health and welfare benefit plans.  Tim Wolters, CPA, Director of Reimbursement at CMH will also be available to answer questions from the audience.

The U.S. Supreme Court has found health care reform (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act) to be valid. This means employers will need to address several rapidly approaching deadlines. In particular, one involves preparing and distributing a summary of benefits and coverage for open enrollment this fall. Failing to distribute the summary of benefits and coverage can result in a penalty of $1,000 per employee for willful failure to comply. Employers also need to prepare for the coming fee per life covered under their health plans, the limit on health flexible spending accounts, reporting health coverage costs on W-2 forms issued in January 2013 and more. This webinar is designed to help employers understand the court’s decision and the next steps with respect to the health plans they offer their employees. 

Program Topics

  • The Supreme Court’s decision — the background on the questions that the court reviewed and the conclusions reached by the court
  • The impact of the decision — effects on employer-sponsored group health plans
  • Compliance with more steps —summary of benefits and coverage, reporting on W-2 forms, limiting health flexible spending account amounts to $2,500 and more

Seating is limited and reservations are requested.  To register, call the CMH event line at 417-328-7247 or register on-line at  You can also contact Tamera Heitz-Peek, Director of Marketing, for more information at 417-328-7245 or

August 20, 2012

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