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Fraker and Fellow SPBA Members Meet with Congressional Offices


  11:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 387 words,  
Categories: News, Compliance, Legislation, Regulatory

Fraker and Fellow SPBA Members Meet with Congressional Offices

Fraker and SPBA Board Members

MedBen Vice President of Compliance Caroline Fraker was among a group of self-funded benefits professionals who recently visited the Capitol to offer their expertise to Congressional offices in the drafting of health care legislation.

In a series of meetings on April 3, Fraker and other members of the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA) Board of Directors spoke with staffers in both the Senate and House of Representatives, including legislative assistants for Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, and Representative Steve Chabot. The SPBA also met with members of the House Ways and Means Committee Health Subcommittee staff.

"As a group that represents the concerns of self-funded employers, the SPBA sees itself as a non-political information resource to government officials," said Fraker, who also serves as the Board's Secretary/Treasurer. "The purpose of these meetings was to introduce ourselves to the people responsible for drafting health care legislation and offer SPBA as a resource and sounding-board to bounce off ideas... to ask us, if we did this, how would it affect existing employee benefits and heath care laws?"

Staffers in attendance at the meetings were selected by their respective legislators and legislative committees because of their knowledge about health care issues.

Fraker noted that SPBA already has well-established relationships with multiple regulatory agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor – agencies that enforce legislation already on the books. "Our goal is to assist in the process of drafting legislation, so any potential conflicts can be addressed and avoided before the bills are signed into law," she said.

SBPA Board members plan to return to the Capitol in June for additional meetings with the hopes of making the exchanges a regular event.

Formed in 1975, SPBA strives to advance the goals of benefits administrators as well as to provide advice that helps members better serve their clients and their clients’ plans. SPBA Board members meet monthly via conference call to discuss issues of importance to the Society’s members and their customers. Board members also host twice-yearly conferences open to all SPBA members, which are preceded by Board-only meetings.

A 30-plus year veteran of employee benefits, Fraker assists MedBen clients with regulatory compliance, contractual and risk management issues. In addition to her SPBA responsibilities, she also serves on the Government Affairs Committee of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce.

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