38th ECFC Annual Conference Agenda


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

12:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

ECFC Board of Directors Meeting     Room:Yellowstone/Everglades

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

7:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

ECFC Board of Directors Meeting     Room: Yellowstone/Everglades

12:00 p.m.—1:30 p.m.

ECFC Committee Meetings     Room: Thornton ABC 11th Floor

9:00 a.m.— 6:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open      Capitol Room Foyer

1:30 p.m.—2:00 p.m.

First Time Attendee Event      Room: Thornton Lounge 11th Floor

2:00 p.m.

Annual Conference Opens

2:00 p.m.— 2:15 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction Remarks      Capitol Room AB

2:15 p.m.—2:30 p.m.

ECFC Year in Review and Looking into 2019

  Celebrate our 2018 accomplishments and look forward to a successful 2019.
  Speaker: Jody L. Dietel, ACFCI, CAS, WageWorks Inc., Chair, Board of          Directors, ECFC

2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.

Opening Keynote Speaker

  J. Kevin A. McKechnie is Executive Director of the ABA’s HSA Council and
  a Senior Vice President at the American Bankers Association, representing    the Council before Congress and the federal government.

  Topic: “Medicare for All” - the status of current proposals, what they intend      to cover, and how these plans may impact account-based health plans            should they become law.

3:30 p.m.—4:15 p.m.

2019 Legislative and Regulatory Update

  Speakers: David Castagnetti and Sage Eastman, Mehlman Castagnetti            Rosen & Thomas, Inc 

4:15 p.m.—4:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

4:30 p.m.—5:45 p.m.

2019 Boom or Bust for Consumer Directed Health Care

  Speakers: John R. Hickman, Esq. CFCI, Alston & Bird, LLP, Chair, ECFC        Government Relations and Interpretations Committee and Ashley Gillihan,      Esq. with Alston & Bird, LLP.

6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception       Thornton Room 11th Floor    

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

8:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

Registration Desk Open

7:30 a.m.— 8:30 a.m.

Full Breakfast          Capitol Room Foyer

8:30 a.m.— 9:00 a.m.

Annual Conference Morning Session
Brian Blase, Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare Policy.

9:00 a.m.— 9:45 a.m.

Congressional Staff Panel Session

  Congressional staffers provide the institutional knowledge and expertise
  that leaders rely on in order to make wise decisions. Our Congressional
  Staff Panel will provide an opportunity for key staffers to offer their views
  on the 114th Congress and what to expect in legislative maneuvering on
  Capitol Hill.  
Stuart Portman (Senate Finance Committee/Hatch), Kristen                Donheffner, Legislative Director for Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06)
and Alyene Mlinar (Ways and Means Committee/Brady)

  Moderator: Jody L. Dietel, ACFCI, CAS, WageWorks, Inc.

9:45 a.m.—10:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Preparing for Your Capitol Hill Visit with your Capitol Hill Group

  Preparation is key to a successful Hill visit, and during this session, we will    review talking points, leave behind materials, and follow-up action items to      ensure a comprehensive understanding of our ECFC legislative priorities        and objectives.

  Speakers: David Castagnetti and Helen Tolar, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen
  & Thomas, Inc

11:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.

Capitol Hill Visits  (Lunch on your own)
Gather with your fellow Hill group members to review biographical and legislative issues for your Hill appointments and head to the Capitol. (wear comfortable shoes)


   5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 Debriefing Reception  (Dinner on your own)     Capitol Room AB
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  Friday, March 22, 2019 

7:30 a.m.— 8:00 a.m.

Full Breakfast      Capitol Room Foyer

8:00 a.m.—9:45 a.m.

Agency Guidance and Update

  Representatives of the Internal Revenue Service and Department of the          Treasury will provide the latest information regarding tax-advantaged              accounts, cafeteria plans, FSAs, HSAs, HRAs, and the ACA.
  Agency Speakers: Kevin Knopf, US Dept of the Treasury, Amy Wei, IRS,         Bridget Tombul, IRS and Stephen LaGarde, US Dept of the Treasury
  Moderators: John R. Hickman, Esq. CFCI, Alston & Bird, LLP and William        Sweetnam, Jr., Esq, ECFC Legislative and Technical Director

9:45 a.m.—10:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:00 a.m.— 11:30 a.m.

Introduction of ECFC's new TPA Best Practices Task Force Group
Erin Freiberg, JD, Compliance Director, Employee Benefits Corporation,  Chair, TPA Best Practice Task Force Group


Technical Advisory Group: Rapid Response Panel

Join as TAG panelists address the latest compliance and planning challenges, provide color on the agency comments and answer your questions.

TAG Moderators: John R. Hickman, Esq. CFCI, Alston & Bird, LLP, Chair, ECFC, Technical Advisory Group and William Sweetnam, Jr., Esq, ECFC
Legislative and Technical Director

 ECFC Annual Conference Adjourns