Health & Welfare Plans

Each year, the number of laws governing the provision of health and other welfare plans grows, and existing laws become increasingly complex. Even a well-intentioned employer can quickly find itself enmeshed in a confusing patchwork of federal, state, and, at times, local regulations. Nixon Peabody’s Employee Benefits team includes a group of professionals who concentrate exclusively in this area of practice and are equipped to respond to such legal complexities.

Members of the team have decades of experience guiding employers through various compliance issues and requirements. The team includes an attorney who brings years of hands-on experience in human resources and employee benefit plan administration. Through her previous role overseeing the U.S. health and welfare benefits programs for a Fortune 500 company, she encountered the same business challenges our clients face daily. Combined with substantive knowledge and this significant understanding from an insider’s perspective, the team is able to align a client’s business objectives with the client’s culture in a practical and cost-effective manner. By working collaboratively and proactively with our clients, we are able to implement innovative and cost-saving plan designs while minimizing the likelihood of lawsuits against welfare benefit plans and their sponsors.

Welfare plan counseling services

The team provides a wide range of service offerings, each informed by years of experience working with our deep roster of clients, both large and small. They cover all aspects of the sector, including:

  • Advising on group health, disability, and life insurance plans
  • Designing and troubleshooting cafeteria benefit plans that provide pre-tax premium, health care flexible spending, and/or dependent care benefits
  • Reviewing agreements with third-party administrators and insurance brokers to check that plan vendors are offering compliant, value-added services to their employer clients
  • Counsel concerning the tax and insurance aspects of domestic partner or same-gender marriage benefits
  • Providing guidance and forms to address COBRA health care continuation requirements
  • Advising on the continuing effects of federal, state, and local health care reform on employer medical and wellness benefit plans
  • Counseling on compliance with the special health plan privacy rules of HIPAA

Telehealth and COVID-19

AHLA Speaking of Health Law | March 26, 2020

Washington DC Health Care counsel Sarah Swank appeared on this American Health Lawyers Association podcast to discuss how medical facilities are ramping up telehealth programs in response to the pandemic.


Brian Kopp


Phone: 585-263-1395

Christian D. Hancey


Phone: 585-263-1147

Eric Paley

Team Leader, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Phone: 585-263-1012

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