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SPBA Focuses on Affordable Care Act Reform & Other Regulatory Topics at Annual Spring Meeting

This year’s Spring Meeting was especially timely as it is historically our regulatory-focused conference, and we are currently in the midst of trying to navigate the ACA restructure ahead.

Hosting its annual Spring Meeting in Washington D.C. last week from March 15-17, the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA) covered a variety of regulatory topics affecting employee benefit plans.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its future reform was a focal point as third party administrator (TPA) members and attendees discussed the possible direction the rule could take under the new administration and the would-be effects on self-funded plans. Other key topics related to the ACA included employer plan reporting requirements with Forms 1094 and 1095 as well as the non-discrimination provision in Section 1557 and how it applies to self-funding.

“This year’s Spring Meeting was especially timely as it is historically our regulatory-focused conference, and we are currently in the midst of trying to navigate the ACA restructure ahead,” said Anne Lennan, SPBA president.

More than 350 people attended the Spring Meeting, which included SPBA members, government officials, lawyers, industry experts and members of Congress. “It is very beneficial to have this diverse range of perspectives in the room when discussing such complex regulations and issues,” Lennan said. “Our Association and its TPA members work closely with policymakers on a regular basis, and there is a lot of good that comes from this open exchange of ideas.”

Throughout the three-day conference, SPBA members learned about:


  • HIPAA privacy and security as it relates to compliance, audits and enforcement
  • Employee benefit litigation of interest to TPAs

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