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
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
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
Go to the MBGH Calendar to register for each event.
Thank you to Health Action Council of Ohio for letting MBGH members participate!