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Employee Benefits in the Sunlight Following Election Day

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
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Time: 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. (CT) / 9:00 a.m. (MT) / 8:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Joel Kopperud, Vice President of Government Affairs, The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
  Joel Wood, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
Category:  Compliance, Training and Education, AQC  

On November 8th voters will be making their decision on who will lead the country for the next four years, which in turn will have a significant impact on the function and financing of employee benefits. Employer provided health benefits impact nearly half of U.S. citizens and are core to the construction industry, where the rate of employer contribution is 83% (one of the highest of any industry). This discussion will review the proposals and comments each candidate has made and will forecast key issues likely to be presented to Congress. Revisions to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare and the tax exclusion for employer sponsored health insurance will all be a focus of Washington. How will these proposed changes impact your business? Learn more in this Webinar presented by ABC Strategic Partner Fringe Benefit Group.

  • Bring awareness of likely outcomes related to healthcare from results of the election
  • Review the proposals and comments the successful candidate has made
  • Forecast key issues likely to be presented to Congress
PowerPoint Presentation(PDF)

 Joel Kopperud is vice president of government affairs. He focuses on legislative and regulatory activity impacting employer-provided benefits, property/casualty insurance regulation, and federal natural catastrophe policies. Specifically, Kopperud is working to reform the Affordable Care Act and was instrumental in The Council’s successful efforts to guide legislation through Congress that renewed TRIA and created a national broker licensing regime. He previously worked at Global USA, Inc., where he directed the group's political, legislative and regulatory advocacy on international trade and export control issues. Kopperud also lobbied at the Financial Services Roundtable, where he worked on a number of policy initiatives and legislative campaigns relating to insurance and financial services. Kopperud is a 2001 graduate of American University with a bachelor's degree in political science. 

 Joel Wood is in his 23rd year as senior vice president of government affairs for The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers. Annually dubbed one of the top trade association lobbyists in Washington by “The Hill” magazine, Wood is also a regular contributor to The Council’s award-winning industry publication, Leader’s Edge. Wood spent his early career as assistant vice president of government affairs for the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents and served six years as press secretary and legislative director for Rep. Don Sundquist, R-Tenn.In 2001, following the diagnosis of his son James, Wood and his wife, Dana, established the Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne, a 501(c)3 organization which has raised tens of millions of dollars in funding for research and treatments of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the world's most lethal childhood genetic disease. Wood is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

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