Experienced attorney AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. Recognized by American Lawyer Media as a top-rated attorney in General Practice (2013), Benefits and Health Care ( 2012, 2013), Labor and Employment (2013, 2014)
Co-Chair American Bar Association Employer Plans HIPAA HITECH Task Force;
Vice Chair Employee Benefits Group- American Bar Association Health Law Section
Contracting. Drafting, reviewing, negotiating and revising various business and vendor agreements, such as service agreements, third party administration agreements, insurance agreements, and business associate agreements.
Regulatory Compliance Counseling. Extensive compliance counseling with a focus on Affordable Care Act, ERISA, COBRA, Internal Revenue Code, HIPAA portability rules, HIPAA Privacy (including drafting, training and advising on privacy policies and procedures, handling Business Associate Contracts, and performing HIPAA breach analysis); DOMA Decision – addressing impact of Supreme Court’s DOMA decision on plan operations.
Legal Document Drafting and Review. Drafting, reviewing and revising various legal documents, policies and procedures, marketing materials, SPDs, company communications, among others.
Benefit Plan Operations. Advising businesses on day- to- day administration of insured and self-insured group health and welfare benefit plans ( medical, dental, vision, HRAs, EAPs, HSAs, wellness programs, student health plans, life insurance, disability plans, etc.) Counseling on claim and appeal procedures; advising fiduciary committees.
Audits: Handling government audits such as Department of Labor audits;
Court Orders: Handling court orders such as Qualified Medical Child Support Orders and Notices.
Latest legal publication, The Patient Protection and Affordability Act, The Big Picture originally published in the Health Lawyer Volume 27, Number 2, December 2014, American Bar Association, Health Law Section.
Licensed since 1990
Joni's background includes a wealth of legal and practical experience that make her uniquely suited to handle legal matters across the health benefit industry. I unequivocally endorse Joni without reservation. With a prestigious degreed background in various health care disciplines and the law. She is extremely effective in understanding and meeting client needs.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV® Preeminent™ peer review rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||N/A|
|Attorney||Saul Ewing||2013 - Present|
|Attorney||Thorp Reed & Armstrong||2010 - 2013|
|Attorney||Tucker Arensberg, PC||2002 - 2009|
|Attorney||Reed Smith||1996 - 2002|
|Attorney||Tucker Arensberg, PC||1991 - 1996|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Co-Chair HIPAA HITECH Task Force - Employer PLans||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Vice Chair Health Law Section Employee Benefits Interest Group||2013 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|National Association of Women Lawyers||Survey Committee||N/A|
|International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans||N/A||N/A|
|jdsupra.com||The Benefits Game - Playbook for Compliance with the Health Care Reform’s Pay or Play Rules for Employers||2013|
|Saul Ewing||The Employer's Playbook for ACA Compliance: Are you in the 2014 Pay or Play Game||2013|
|Saul Ewing Publications||New Carryover Option for Health Flexible Spending Accounts – A Change in The “Use It or Lose It Rule”||2013|
|JD Supra||October 1, 2013 Deadline to Provide Health Insurance Marketplace Notice||2013|
|jdsupra.com||Impact of the Supreme Court's DOMA Decision on Your Employee Benefit Plans||2013|
|jdsupra.com||Well, Well, Well- Employee Wellness Program Rules Update||2013|
|Benefits Magazine, Vol 48, No. 2 (February 2011)||Health Care Reform 2011: Group Plan Mandates||2011|
|Thorp Reed Communique'||Impact on Employee Plans of President Obama's Decision Not to Defend DOMA||2011|
|32 Pennsylvania Family Lawer Issue No 4 (December 2010) pp. 214-216||Health Care Reform 2011: The Family Friendly Adult Child Mandate||2010|
|Medlaw Blog||April 1 Starts New Obligations for Group Health Plans Group Health Plans Under The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act Of 2009||2009|
|Pennsylvania Family Law Quarterly||Compliance Dates Approaching on Three More Laws Affecting Group Health Plans||2009|
|Medlaw Blog||HIPAA Changes Affecting Group Health Plans And Business Associates Made By The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009||2009|
|Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin||Benefit Issues Impacting Physician Groups||2008|
|Law Firm Alliance||IRS Releases New Proposed Cafeteria Plan Regulations||2007|
|Medlaw Blog||Health Savings Account Sticky Issue||2007|
|Pittsburgh Bussiness Times||Three Major Sets of Regulations Found Within New HIPAA Rules||2003|
|Tuckerlaw||Status of Common Law Marriage in Pennsylvania||2003|
|Journal of Taxation||Preserving the Tax Advantages of Medical Savings Accounts||1999|
|Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation||Psychosocial Medicine- An Interdisciplinary Approach||1985|
|Duquesne University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|