SEMINAR » Health Care Reform + Supreme Court Ruling = Now What?

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision this summer to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) officially ended the legal debate regarding the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform law passed by Congress in 2010. Yet after years of political and legal wrangling, the law—as well as its interpretation and implementation—remains one of the most complicated ever in U.S. history.

So it’s not surprising that many employers were left asking themselves, “Now what?”

To discuss the impact of the law and to provide a timeline of essential deadlines and action steps necessary to maintain compliance, McAfee & Taft’s Employee Benefits Group hosted complimentary half-day seminars in Oklahoma City on August 22nd and in Tulsa on August 23rd for benefits and HR professionals, corporate executives and financial officers, risk managers, and business owners. Moderated by Richard Nix, employee benefits attorney and managing director of McAfee & Taft, the event featured employee benefits attorneys Jim Prince, John PapahronisBill Freudenrich, Brandon Long and Alison Patel as presenters. Robyn Piper, founder and president of Piper Jordan and one of the leading national voices on employee benefits issues, made a special appearance at the Oklahoma City seminar as a guest speaker for the first session of that day’s seminar. Todd Neaves, president of PremierSource and a leading consultant to employers for group health plans, retirement plans and risk management, was a guest panelist at the Tulsa seminar.

Topics included:

  • Pay or play
  • Health insurance exchanges
  • Changes to flexible spending accounts
  • Part-time employee issues
  • Other legal requirements and compliance issues, including summary of benefits and coverage, W-2 reporting, payment of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fees, etc.
  • Optional actions employers should consider in analyzing and managing healthcare costs
  • Effective dates for specific provisions of the new law




Moderator: Richard Nix  
Panelist: Bill Freudenrich
Featured Guest Speaker: Robyn Piper

Moderator: Richard Nix  
Guest Panelist: Todd Neaves
Featured Speaker: Bill Freudenrich



Moderator: Bill Freudenrich  
Featured Speakers:
John Papahronis and Jim Prince


Moderator: John Papahronis  
Featured Speakers:
Brandon Long and Alison Patel



General Seminar Presentation Materials

Robyn Piper Special Presentation Materials

.(from Oklahoma City seminar)

Sample “Play or Pay” Financial Analysis

Sample Summary of Benefits and Coverage

Downloadable Template of
Summary of Benefits and Coverage
from the U.S. Department of Labor


Related online resources

  • Related IRS notices:
    • Notice 2012-17 — Frequently-Asked-Questions from Employers Regarding Automatic Enrollment, Employer Shared Responsibility, and Waiting Periods
    • Notice 2011-73 — Comments on Health Coverage Affordability Safe Harbor for Employers (Section 4980H) 
    • Notice 2011-36 — Comments on Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage (Section 4980H) 
    • Notice 2011-1 — Affordable Care Act Nondiscrimination Provisions Applicable to Insured Group Health Plans
    • Notice 2010-63 — Comments on Requirements Prohibiting Discrimination in Favor of Highly Compensated Individuals in Insured Group Health Plans


This program was approved for 2.75 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please note that to receive HRCI credit, you must have registered for the seminar prior to or at the event. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.