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Health Reform and Senate Bill 7 Presentation for the Michigan Municipal League

Mindi Johnson and Nicole Stratton, two members of the Foster Swift Health Care Practice Group, recently presented a seminar on Health Reform - Impact and Compliance at the Public Law Employment Seminar for the Michigan Municipal League.  The seminar was part of an all day event at the Michigan Municipal League's Lansing office on topics that ranged from "Do's and Don'ts for Independent Contractors" to "Social Media and New Technology Use," the latter of which was presented by Foster Swift's Melissa Jackson and Samuel Frederick.

The Health Reform Seminar focused on the following Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") items:

  1. the new requirements for health plans;
  2. the individual mandate and the legal challenges surrounding it;
  3. the exchange;
  4. tax provisions; and
  5. other provisions impacting employers. 

In addition to discussing PPACA, Mindi and Nicole also discussed the Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act (also known as "Senate Bill 7").  Senate Bill 7 is a Michigan act designed to limit the amount that public employers may pay toward employee medical benefit plans beginning on January 1, 2012.  Under Senate Bill 7, employers are given three options to choose from:

  1. a set dollar amount or hard cap on spending;
  2. an 80 /20 split, with the employer paying 80 percent of costs; and
  3. opting out with a 2/3 vote of the board.

Given that Senate Bill 7 passed in late September of this year, there were many questions on its impact and requirements. 

If you have any questions regarding Senate Bill 7 or health care reform in general, please let us know at 616-726-2252 (Mindi) or 517-371-8140 (Nicole).

Categories: Health Care Reform

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With a business-minded approach, and service-oriented delivery, Mindi helps clients navigate challenges and solve problems in the areas of employee benefits law and health care law. Mindi has spoken and written extensively on employee benefits, health care reform, and health care law topics, and is actively involved in a number of legal, professional and industry organizations focused on these issues.

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Best Lawyers® 2021

Congratulations to the attorneys of the Health Care practice group at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC for their inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. Firm-wide, 44 lawyers were listed. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation and as lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Health Care practice group members listed in Best Lawyers are as follows:

To see the full list of Foster Swift attorneys listed in Best Lawyers 2021, click here.