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If employee benefits compliance doesn't sound fun to you, then you haven't listened to ERISA is a friend of minea podcast hosted by the Compliance Services professionals from Lockton. Join hosts Edward Fensholt, J.D., director of Compliance Services, and Scott Behrens, J.D., director of Government Relations, to learn the intricacies of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other employee benefits laws, one hilarious topic at a time. 


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Sep 8, 2020

ERISA is a friend of mine is back! And better than ever. We kick off this season with the way-back-machine set to 2010 and the introduction of the “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, or Obamacare if that’s your thing.

Anyway, whatever you call that law, it guaranteed women cost-free access to all FDA-approved contraceptives through group health plan coverage … kind of. In the socially distanced Season 4 opener, Ed and Scott (both men) dive into treacherous waters to clarify the complex history – and potential future – of the ACA’s contraception mandate.

Together again in (a modified) studio, the dynamic duo confer on the following:

  • What does the ACA actually say about contraceptives?
  • What is HRSA is and why does it matter?
  • Who can opt-out of the contraception mandate? (Hint: It’s not just churches anymore)
  • What’s the difference between a law and a regulation? And when does the Constitution come into play?
  • How did the Trump Administration change the Obama Administration’s regulations on the contraception mandate?
  • How will the upcoming election affect the future of the contraception mandate?
  • Can Ed & Scott lead listeners to the ERISA promise land this season? (Of course!)