Thanks for signing up for the Health Reform 2016 Virtual Conference! Below is our schedule of events. All conference attendees are invited to attend the pre- and post-conference CE courses, but note that they only provide continuing education credit to licensed agents in the state of Texas (provider number 37719) who attend the live sessions. You also have the option of watching any of the sessions on your own schedule as all will be recorded and available on the site for a few days. View the January speaker list. | Visit the January Exhibit Hall.
Health Reform: What’s Happening RIGHT NOW? (CE)
In this session, Eric provides a brief but thorough overview of the latest developments with the health reform law and discusses some possible changes that are on the horizon. This is the perfect class for busy agents who still need to know what’s going on.
MLR and Broker Commissions (CE)
In this session, Eric discusses the recent decision by some insurance companies to treat broker commissions as “fees,” talks about how this impacts our relationships with our clients, reviews the guidance by CMS on re-classifying commissions, and looks at the proposals that would exclude commissions from the calculation.
How to Use Your ACA Expertise and LinkedIn To Land Consistent Appointments With Decision Makers In 20 Minutes a Day
In this session, the opening keynote for our first Health Reform 2016 event, marketing guru Jeremiah Desmarais delivers some actionable advice that can help agents find key decision makers on LinkedIn.
ACA Has Changed Everything – Better or Worse Is Up To You
In this session, originally presented at an event in California, Kevin Trokey explains how the agent’s job has changed as a result of the Affordable Care Act and describes the steps brokers can take to grow their business in the new environment.
A Practice Management Tune Up
In this interactive session, Wayne discusses several topics important to solo and partner insurance agencies. His hope is that every attendee should be able to obtain at least one idea that will useful in his or her practice.
Filling the Gaps in Today’s Health Plans (CE)
Though they’ve been around for years, non-insurance products like telemedicine, patient advocacy services, discount networks, and more are really beginning to catch on as solutions for employers who are looking for creative and affordable strategies to plug some of the holes left by the ACA. In this session, Eric takes a look at some of the non-insurance options available in the market today, discusses how they can be paired with a traditional health plan, and explains why you should be recommending them to your clients.
You’re not an attorney. Quit acting like one.
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2010, insurance agents have been advising clients on a lot more than health insurance, including legal and tax matters. But should they be providing this advice? In this session, attorney Vanessa Johnson shares some information about the risks of “practicing law without a license.”
Who Moved My PPO?
In this session, Mike discusses the recent trend toward smaller provider networks with no non-network benefits and some strategies to reduce the negative impact on consumers.
Level-funded plans: the last stop before individual in the small group market?
In this session, Josh discusses the recent trend toward self-funded plans for small employers and asks whether this is the last opportunity for small businesses to maintain group health coverage.
Small business ASO: the force awakens
The Affordable Care Act’s modified adjusted community rating rules are creating the need for very different strategies for different small employers. Those who benefit from the law’s prohibition on medical underwriting have already moved into ACA-compliant plans, but younger, healthier groups are looking for non-ACA alternatives. In this session, Mark explains how ASO for small employers may just provide that alternative.
Stop Wasting Effort on Telehealth: Implement to Get Results
As out-of-pocket limits increase and provider networks get smaller, more and more employers are adopting telehealth programs to give their employees access to doctor services over the phone. But are these programs actually working, or are employers wasting time and money? In this session, Reid discusses some of the recent trends and offers some best practices that will save both employers and employees time and money.
FMLA: it’s still the law
In this session, Carla reminds us that, while most employers and agents are focused on ACA compliance, FMLA is still the law. She explains what FMLA is, who it applies to, and how you can help your clients stay out of trouble.
She’s baaaack! A conversation with Sharon Alt
In this session, Eric Johnson has a conversation with insurance industry legend Sharon Alt. They discuss topics ranging from Sharon’s background to consumerism to compliance and predictions for 2016.
The Doctor Shortage and Market-Based Solutions (CE)
In response to rising health care costs and health insurance premiums, insurance companies have made a number of unpopular moves, the most recent being a reduction in provider networks. This is happening at the same time that millions of people are newly insured, and to top it all off, there’s a looming doctor shortage. All of this results in access issues for our clients. The good news is that the market has delivered a number of solutions to address these provider and network issues, and in this session, Eric will discuss both the problem and the solutions.
Health Insurance: A Must Buy (CE)
In this session, Eric discusses the individual mandate and the penalties now facing taxpayers who were uninsured in 2015.
Premium Tax Credits and Cost-Sharing Subsidies (CE)
In this session, Eric takes a look at the eligible income levels for the premium tax credits and cost sharing subsidies, explains how the credits are calculated, discusses the application process, and reviews the annual reconciliation process.
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