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Benefits Basics: MBGH Offers New Member Benefit in 2012

In 2012, MBGH is offering a series of Benefits Basics webinars, designed to "fill the gap" for educational programming geared toward new hires, where other programs are not readily available from reliable training sources (such as ISCEBS or WEB). These "101" level classes are for MBGH members-only and oriented toward new benefits staff, or individuals in need of refresher information.  Programs will be taught by seasoned benefits professionals and are being sponsored by the Health Action Council of Ohio, MBGH's sister coalition and member of the National Business Coalition on Health.

During each webinar, participants will learn the fundamental aspects of each topic, develop an appreciation of the covered subject's interplay with other benefits and regulations and receive practical tips for benefits management.

Webinars are offered the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, from 11:00-12:00 noon CT and have been scheduled through June 7, 2012. 

The full Benefits Basics schedule is below, and includes two "Hot Topic" sessions that have been augmented to include the practical administration of MH/SUD benefits and HRAs/HSAs.

1/12 - Vendor management - handling RFPs, what to consider in contracts
1/26 - Paying benefits, assignment of benefits including COB and subrogation
2/9 - COBRA - what it is, how to manage
2/16 - Compliance Hot Topic + Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder - MHPAEA
3/8 - Pharmacy benefit management - pricing, carve-out options
3/22 - Managing large claims - vendor reports, how to communicate
4/12 - Non-discrimination testing - required tests and calculations for plans, inc. 105(h) and 410(b)
4/26 - Compliance Hot Topic + HSA/HRAs - Rules for each type of account/plan, administration and compliance issues
5/10 - Handling benefits during employees' leaves - FMLA, USERRA, ties to COBRA5/24 - 5500s - definition, requirements
6/7 - Voluntary benefits - health related: dental, vision

MBGH member organizations receive up to 5 complimentary registrations to use at any time during the January 12 - June 7 series. Additional registrations are only $35 each. You are welcome to have colleagues join you in your office for the webinar at no additional charge.

Go to the MBGH Calendar to register for each event.

Thank you to Health Action Council of Ohio for letting MBGH members participate!

Posted by Cristie Travis at 7:48 PM

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