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John Hickman

John Hickman

John Hickman is head of the firm’s Health Benefits Practice, where he leads several attorneys devoted exclusively to health care reform issues under the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA privacy, health savings accounts (HSAs) and consumer-directed health care, flexible benefit plans and related health benefit issues.  Mr. Hickman has worked closely with health plans, financial institutions and employers, as well as the IRS, Treasury and DOL, in addressing health benefit issues. \nMr. Hickman has been inducted into the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward\/White) and Who's Who Legal.  Mr. Hickman has lectured widely and published articles on health care reform, ERISA and cafeteria plan issues.  He is co-author of the following health benefit treatises: Cafeteria Plans Manual, Health Care Reform, HIPAA Portability and Privacy and Consumer-Driven Health Care (published by Thomson\/Reuters\/EBIA).  Mr. Hickman is head of the Technical Advisory Committee and is on the board of the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC).  Mr. Hickman is also an adjunct professor of law at Emory University School of Law.  
  • DOL relaxes some health plan requirements

    In guidance issued on March 18, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor: • extended the enforcement grace period previously provided for some of the new requirements relating to internal claims and appeals that are imposed on group health plans and health insurers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and • relaxes in some cases the prior requirement that plans and insurers must be working in good faith to implement the new requirements in order to take advantage of the grace period.