Attorneys Present Seminar on the New Health Care Reform Act

Dickinson Wright Attorneys Present Seminar on the New Health Care Reform Act

Dickinson Wright PLLC attorneys Cynthia A. Moore, Deborah L. Grace, Sherry D. O'Neal and Kimberly J. Ruppel will present a seminar on navigating the new health care reform act on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at Automation Alley in Troy, Michigan. The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and registration, and concludes at 11:00 a.m. Recent health care reform legislation makes the most profound and far-reaching changes to the nation's health care system since the enactment of Medicare. Dickinson Wright's benefits and ERISA attorneys will discuss these dramatic new changes to the content of employer health plans, both insured and self-funded, and the exposure to penalties if plans fail to comply. Topics to be covered include whether a plan is "grandfathered," what are considered "essential health benefits," whether a plan should offer early coverage to adult children under the age 26, the penalties involved in failing to comply with the new requirements, protections afforded to nursing mothers in the workplace, and new whistle-blower and non-discrimination protections for employees under the Act. About the Speakers Cynthia A. Moore Cynthia A. Moore is a member in Dickinson Wright's Bloomfield Hills office and is the Practice Department Manager of the Firm's Tax, Employee Benefits, Estate Planning, Immigration and Healthcare practice areas. Ms. Moore's areas of practice expertise include employee benefits, corporate and real estate. She advises large and small employers on the tax and ERISA aspects of benefit plans, stock-based compensatory plans and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Ms. Moore is a member of the Taxation and Business Law sections of both the Michigan Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is the co-author of a BNA Tax Management Portfolio called "Employee Fringe Benefits" and is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers for employee benefits - ERISA law. Deborah L. Grace Deborah L. Grace is a member in Dickinson Wright's Bloomfield Hills office. Ms. Grace has more than 25 years experience in counseling finance and human resource professionals on designing and administering pension, profit sharing, 401(k), 403(b), ESOP, executive compensation and welfare benefit plans. Her clients include large multi state employers, U.S. based subsidiaries of foreign companies, mid-sized companies, small professional firms, universities, and school districts. Ms. Grace is an active member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Employee Benefits Committee of the Oakland County Bar Association. In addition, Ms. Grace is the current chair of the Dickinson Wright Benefits Committee which is responsible for the administration of the Firm's retirement and welfare benefit plans. Ms. Grace is listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business and in Best Lawyers in America 2010. Sherry D. O?Neal Sherry D. O'Neal is a member in Dickinson Wright's Detroit office. Ms. O'Neal has successfully defended clients in race discrimination, national origin discrimination, age discrimination and gender discrimination lawsuits, EEOC and MDCR Charges and ERISA litigation matters. Her practice includes counseling companies on all aspects of employment policies and procedures and addressing ERISA benefit claim issues. She holds a B. S. Degree from Wayne State University and J. D. from Wayne State University Law School. She is a member of the Labor and Employment Section and Litigation Council of the State Bar of Michigan. In 2009, Ms. O'Neal was named one of 20 Up and Coming Lawyers by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Kimberly J. Ruppel Kimberly J. Ruppel is a member in Dickinson Wright's Bloomfield Hills office. Ms. Ruppel is a commercial litigator who specializes in ERISA and insurance litigation. Her practice includes defending and counseling companies in areas such as life, health and disability benefit claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, plan interpretation, coordination of overlapping policy benefits, and breach of provider and supplier contracts. She holds an A.B. from The University of Michigan and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is a member of the Life, Health, Disability and ERISA committee of the Defense Research Institute, the Insurance and Indemnity Law section of the State Bar of Michigan, and the Oakland County Bar Association. In 2008, Ms. Ruppel was named a "Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star." About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright has approximately 260 attorneys in offices located in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, Michigan; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Toronto.
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