Bond Breakfast Briefing: Understanding the Changes to COBRA and HIPAA Under the Stimulus Act (04/09)

March 1, 2009


8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Stimulus Act") includes significant changes to the COBRA and HIPAA rules that apply to group health plans. Employers must be aware of these changes and take steps necessary to ensure compliance and avoid costly mistakes. Topics to be discussed include:


  • New COBRA subsidy and notice requirements;
  • HIPAA expansion to Business Associates and notification of privacy and security breaches; and
  • Associated COBRA and HIPAA administrative changes.


DARCIE A. FALSIONI is a graduate of Canisius College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1995) and the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law (J.D., 1998), where she served on the Desmond Moot Court Board.

Ms. Falsioni advises employers of all sizes, including public and privately held employers, for-profit and tax-exempt employers, on various aspects of employee benefits law, including the design, implementation, operation and termination of qualified and non-qualified pension and profit-sharing plans, 403(b) plans and welfare benefits plans, including health, dental, life and disability insurance plans, cafeteria plans, flexible spending account arrangements, health reimbursement arrangements, health savings accounts and split-dollar life insurance arrangements.

Ms. Falsioni also counsels on the administration of, and compliance with, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as assists clients on matters related to New York State workers' compensation and disability benefits insurance assessments. Ms. Falsioni frequently presents on various employee benefit topics, and has authored several employee benefits law-related articles. She is admitted to practice in New York.

JOHN C. GODSOE is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.A., cum laude, 1995) and the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2000), where he served as an Articles Editor of the Buffalo Law Review (1999-2000).
Mr. Godsoe practices in all areas of employee benefits law. His areas of experience include: the design, implementation and termination of qualified pension plans (including 401(k) and profit sharing plans); tax-sheltered annuity plans; insured and self-funded medical plans (including health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements and flexible spending accounts); cafeteria plans; and COBRA compliance. Mr. Godsoe also counsels employers regarding fiduciary responsibility, reporting and disclosure obligations and other requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") and has assisted clients with the resolution of plan qualification errors under Internal Revenue Service correction programs. He is admitted to practice in New York.