>EBSA, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, will offer a Compliance Assistance Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, April 10, 2003, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
>It’s the first of several such seminars planned by EBSA to help workers and employers, especially small businesses, understand their rights and obligations under various health benefit laws.
>The session on “HIPAA Portability and Availability” will present key compliance considerations for group health-plan administrators. According to an EBSA press release, the seminar will offer examples of group health-plan provisions or practices that would not comply with the law followed by tips on how to bring group health plans into compliance. Additionally, the “COBRA” session will feature a detailed discussion about new IRS COBRA guidance as well as a discussion of compliance-related issues under Tennessee’s COBRA provisions.
>There also will be a session on the Department of Labor’s claims regulation and a discussion on issues involving Tennessee insurance requirements. Panel participants will include representatives from EBSA, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, and the Internal Revenue Service.
>Registration for the Nashville seminar is on a first come, first served basis, with only limited spaces available, according to EBSA. Interested parties should register early by email to: Deborah A. Milne at firstname.lastname@example.org. For registration information, contact EBSA at www.dol.gov/dol/ebsa or 315/762-4665.
>Future seminars are also planned for:
- Billings, Montana (May 8, 2003)
- Indianapolis, Indiana (June 12, 2003)
- Salt Lake City, Utah (July 17, 2003)
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (September 8, 2003)
- Austin, Texas (September 18, 2003)
- North Carolina (October 2003)