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A former podcast from Lockton’s ERISA Compliance Consulting team 

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Apr 1, 2019

Is that the wilderness calling? In this episode, Ed talks wilderness therapy with Rory Kane Akers, J.D., former senior investigator for the DOL - Employee Benefits Security Administration. The two adventure deep into the backcountry of wilderness therapy and its potential impact on employer group health plans.

  • What is wilderness therapy and who can it help?
  • How much does it cost and do employers have pay for it?
  • Why are there lawsuits over wilderness therapy coverage, and who is filing them?
  • What’s MHPAEA and how does it/she/he relate to wilderness therapy?
  • Is Sasquatch (the DOL) going to come after my business if we don’t cover it?