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Divorce, Legal Separation, and Rights Under Employer-Sponsored Health & Welfare Plans


June 25, 2019
Recorded Online

An employee gets a divorce and perhaps experiences depression, confusion about how to move forward, or a joyous sense of release.

But what about the employee’s life insurance beneficiaries, health coverage for the employee’s kids and former spouse, disclosure of health plan information about the kids and former spouse, coverage of care for the kids (or other dependent individuals) from a dependent care assistance program? What if the employee and spouse are legally separated instead of divorced—are the benefits results the same? Is state law ever important in answering these questions? Do former domestic partners have the same rights as former spouses?

These and other questions relating to the effect of divorce or legal separation on health and welfare benefits arise regularly and can often present administrative difficulties as well as communication problems in explaining the effects to employees and former spouses.

Please join Christine Williams, founder of Health Plan Plain Talk, as she reviews some of the most problematic post-divorce and post-separation issues for employer-sponsored health & welfare plans.

Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • COBRA rights of a former spouse, including maximum coverage period, responsibility for payment of premiums, and coverage of dependents
  • How to deal with COBRA problems that arise when an employee fails to report a divorce to the health plan
  • The effect of divorce on health flexible spending arrangements, health reimbursement arrangements, and health savings accounts
  • Determining who is the beneficiary of an employee’s life insurance after divorce
  • Disclosure of the protected health information (including explanations of benefits) of an employee’s children and former spouse after a divorce
  • Coverage of children under a dependent child assistance program after a divorce
  • The effect of divorce orders that require an employee to maintain health coverage, or designate specified life insurance beneficiaries
  • The effect of qualified child support orders and national medical support notices on health plan coverage
  • Disclosure of the effects of divorce and legal separation in summary plan descriptions
  • The importance of plan language relating to divorce and legal separation

And much more!

Presenter: Christine Williams, Founder, Health Plan Plain Talk

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