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Brian Bartels to Speak at May UBA Webinar

News | April 29, 2024

Brian Bartels, Kutak Rock partner and leader of the firm's national health and welfare benefits practice, will be speaking at the upcoming "Risks and Rewards of Offering Tax-Favored Accounts" webinar hosted by United Benefits Advisors (UBA) on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 1 pm central.

The webinar covers the following topics:

  • The differences and similarities between flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs)
  • The applicability of tax-favored accounts to certain group health plans
  • The benefits and drawbacks of offering tax-favored accounts
  • What are the eligibility rules for these plans?
  • How does the ACA affect tax-favored accounts?
  • How do leaves of absence and COBRA affect participation in tax-favored accounts?

Brian advises clients across the country on group health plans, wellness programs, cafeteria plans, health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, and other health and welfare plans. Brian regularly counsels clients on mental health parity, No Surprises Act, HIPAA, ERISA, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and COBRA compliance issues. He drafts and negotiates service agreements and business associate agreements for employee benefit plans; prepares plan-related documents, employee communications, and HIPAA policies and procedures; and counsels clients on benefit plan design and administration issues. He assists employers to respond to employer shared responsibility payments under the ACA, as well as inquiries from the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor. He also advises clients on employee benefits issues in the context of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.