Alden J. Bianchi: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Alden J. Bianchi

Phone617.348.3057

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Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits
  • Executive Compensation
  • Transactions & Due Diligence
  • Health Information Technology & Electronic Health Records
  • Employment, Labor & Benefits
  • Privacy & Security
  • Technology, Communications & Media
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Nonprofits
  • Professional Services
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.3057
Fax: 617-542-2241
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name @mintz.com (e.g., rmintz@mintz.com)

http://www.mintz.com/professionals/detail/name/alden-j-bianchi
http://www.mintz.com/videos/affordable-care-act-and-the-impact-on-the-c-suite
http://www.mintz.com/videos/affordable-care-act-the-structure-of-health-plans
 
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1974
 
Law SchoolSuffolk University, J.D., 1978; Georgetown University, LL.M., 1979; Boston University, LL.M., Taxation, 1979
 
Admitted1978, Massachusetts; 1979, District of Columbia and Illinois
 
Memberships 

Professional & Community Involvement
•fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
•Member, BNA Pension & Benefit Publications Advisory Board

 
Biography

Alden is the Practice Group Leader of the firm's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice. He advises corporate, not-for-profit, governmental, and individual clients on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits issues, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, stock and stock-based compensation arrangements, ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues, benefit-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and health and welfare plans.

Alden is nationally renowned for his advice on the Affordable Care Act's impact on employers. He represented the Romney administration in connection with the historic 2006 Massachusetts health care reform act, which laid the foundation for the Affordable Care Act. He has testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the subject of health care reform. His many published works include the the Bloomberg/Bureau of National Affairs Health Care Reform Advisor, a comprehensive work on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on employers and employer-sponsored group health plans. Alden also provides a weekly installment on the Affordable Care Act on Mintz Levin's Employment Matters Blog as he counts down to the January 1, 2015 ACA pay-or-play deadline.

Awards & Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (1995 - 2015)
Chambers USA: Nationwide - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2010 - 2014)
Chambers USA: Massachusetts (Band 1) - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2006 - 2014)
Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Employee Benefits/ERISA (2006 - 2014)
Who's Who in American Law
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Publications
• Author, The Final Code 4980H Regulations; Common Law Employees; and Offers of Coverage by Unrelated Employers, BNA's Tax Management Memorandum ( 09.03.2014 )
• Author, Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services Issue Final and Proposed Regulations Implementing the 90-day Limit on Waiting Periods under the Affordable Care Act, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 03.04.2014 )
• Author, The Top 10 Changes Made to the 2012 Proposed Rule Under the Affordable Care Act's Employer Shared Responsibility Rules by Recently Issued Final Regulations, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 02.24.2014 )
• Co-author, The Common Law Employer Test and the Affordable Care Act - Will Businesses Be Responsible for Temporary Employees Assigned by Staffing Firms?, BNA's Tax Management Memorandum ( 02.24.2014 )
• Author, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury Issue Proposed Regulations Governing “Excepted Benefits”, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 02.03.2014 )
• Co-author, The New, New (EPCRS Voluntary Correction) Thing: 457(b) Plans, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 12.30.2013 )
• Author, Final Regulations Issued under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 12.13.2013 )
• Author, Treasury Department/IRS Issue Guidance Instructing Employers on How to Make Claims for FICA Refunds or Credits Post-Windsor, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 11.22.2013 )
• Co-author, ACA Update: Who Will Staffing Firms Have to Cover Starting Jan. 1, 2015?, American Staffing Association Magazine ( 11.01.2013 )
• Author, Treasury Department/IRS Issue Proposed Rules on Employer Reporting of Health Insurance Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 10.21.2013 )
• Author, Labor and Treasury/IRS Opine on Integrated and Non-Integrated HRAs, Medical FSAs, and EAPs, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 09.25.2013 )
• Co-author, Treasury Department/IRS Clarify Federal Tax Treatment of Same-Sex Marriages: Assessing the Impact on Employee Benefit Plans, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 09.09.2013 )
• Co-author, Complying with the Affordable Care Act's Exchange Notice Requirement, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 08.20.2013 )
• Co-author, PE Funds May Be Liable For Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 08.14.2013 )
• Cafeteria Plans, the Affordable Care Act, and Continued Compliance with the Massachusetts Free-Rider Surcharge Requirement-New Advice from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector, Employment, Labor & Benefits Alert ( 08.01.2013 )
• Author, It's Official: IRS Issues Guidance Affirming One-Year Delay in the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate and Related Reporting Rules, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 07.10.2013 )
• Author, The Impact of the Supreme Court's DOMA Decision on Employee Benefit Plans - Some Certainty, Many Unanswered Questions, Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 07.03.2013 )
• Author, IRS, Treasury Department Issue Proposed Rules Governing Minimum Value, Affordability, and Wellness Programs, Employee Benefit Plan Review ( 07.2013 )

Speaking Engagements
• Speaker, Future Implications of Healthcare Reform for Your Organization, The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) Annual Conference, Boston, MA (10.20.2014)
• Panelist, Affordable Care Act Countdown: Final Checklist, Staffing World 2014, American Staffing Association, National Harbor, MD (10.15.2014)
• Speaker, Essential Health Benefits VS. Minimum Essential Coverage - How they differ and why it matters?, Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, National Harbor, MD (09.21.2014)
• Panelist, ACA Countdown: Are You Ready for the Employer Mandate?, 2014 Staffing Law Conference, American Staffing Association, Washington, DC (05.22.2014)
• Speaker, Navigating the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Final Regulations, ALI CLE, Webinar (05.06.2014)
• Speaker, ACA Compliance 2014 - 15, Executive Leadership Conference, New Jersey Staffing Alliance, Atlantic City, NJ (04.24.2014)
• Speaker, Healthcare Reform: Your Options and Which One is Right For You, 2014 Executive Forum, Staffing Industry Analysts, San Diego, CA (03.18.2014)
• Speaker, Health Care Reform, Planning for 2014: Health Care Industry Trends in the New Year, Health Beat Webinar Series hosted by Mintz Levin and ML Strategies, Webinar (01.08.2014)
• Speaker, The Impact of Health Care Reform on Independent Schools, ISANNE Health Care Reform Summit, Independent Schools Association of Northern New England, Meredith, NH (01.06.2014)
• Speaker, Complying with the Affordable Care Act: 2013, 2014 and Beyond, CommNexus, San Diego, CA (10.30.2013)
• Panelist, Healthcare Reform: Your Options and Which One is Right For You, 2013 Healthcare Staffing Summit, Staffing Industry Analysts, Chicago, IL (10.25.2013)
• Panelist, Staffing Firms and the ACA: Now Is Not the Time to Do Nothing, Staffing World 2013, American Staffing Association, Orlando, FL (10.10.2013)
• Panelist, The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Your Contingent Workforce, 2013 Contingent Workforce Strategies Summit, Staffing Industry Analysts, Chicago, IL (09.11.2013)
• Speaker, Impact of the New HIPAA HITECH Regulations, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Webinar (08.13.2013)
• Panelist, Legal Rights & Obligations Post-DOMA: A Multidisciplinary Webinar for Individuals & Employers, Mintz Levin, Webinar (08.12.2013)
• Speaker, The Affordable Care Act: What Every Business Needs to Know, Bloomberg, New York, NY (07.24.2013)
• Speaker, The Affordable Care Act Update, NYSA Super Seminar Day, New York Staffing Association, New York, NY (05.14.2013)
• Moderator, The ACA Roadmap: Shared Responsibility Requirements, American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, Webinar (04.16.2013)
• Speaker, The Affordable Care Act Series - Session 1, The Affordable Care Act Series - Session 1, New York Staffing Association, New York, NY (02.27.2013)
• Speaker, Improving Your Form 990 - Best Practices in Reporting Executive Compensation for Non-Profit Entities, National Bar Association, Webinar (02.11.2013)
• Speaker, The New HIPAA Omnibus Rule & Your Liability, Mintz Levin, Webinar (01.30.2013)
• Panelist, Consumer Driven Health Care 2.0: Are Private Exchanges the New Killer App, Health Care Reform in the Wake of the Election, ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, Webinar (11.20.2012)
• Speaker, The Affordable Care Act: The Road Forward for Employers, Bloomberg BNA Tax Policy & Practice Summit, Bloomberg BNA, Washington, DC (11.14.2012)
• Speaker, The Affordable Care Act, Employer Shared Responsibility and the Road Forward for Staffing Firms, Gain a Competitive Advantage on Health Care Reform, Affiliated Staffing Group, Miami, FL (11.01.2012)
• Speaker, 4th Annual Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, Miami, FL (10.25.2012)
• Speaker, Current Developments in Health Care Reform, Staffing World 2012, American Staffing Association, Las Vegas, NV (10.11.2012)
• Moderator, Health Care Reform: What it Really Means for Staffing Firms, Staffing World 2012, American Staffing Association, Las Vegas, NV (10.10.2012)
• Speaker, Complying with the Affordable Care Act: A Roadmap for Employers for 2013 and Beyond, West LegalEdcenter, Webinar (08.30.2012)
• Panelist, Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Reform: Implications for Employers, Health Insurers & Providers, Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Reform: Implications for Employers, Health Insurers & Provider, Mintz Levin, Webinar (07.02.2012)
• Speaker, Understanding Health Insurance Exchanges, Mintz Levin Center for Health Law & Policy, Washington, DC (08.04.2011)
• Speaker, Compliance on the Ground program, Partners Benefits Group and Metro Credit Union, Burlington, MA (06.24.2011)
• Speaker, Overview of Changes Impacting the Employer-Based Health Plan System, Navigating Health Care Reform: Challenges for Employers and Plan Administrators, ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education, Webinar (06.21.2010)
• Speaker, ERISA, the States, and Employer Plans, Navigating Health Care Reform: Challenges for Employers and Plan Administrators, ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education, Webinar (06.21.2010)
• Speaker, National Health Care Reform: Understanding the Employer's Role, Yozell Associates Spring Seminar (06.10.2010)
• Speaker, Health Care Reform: An In-Depth Analysis for Employer-Sponsored Plans, American Law Institute-American Bar Association, Webinar (05.27.2010)
• Speaker, National Health Care Reform: Understanding the Employer's Role, New England Employee Benefits Council (05.04.2010)
• Speaker, Health Care Reform Seminar: An Update for Employers, Mintz Levin and ML Strategies, Boston, MA (04.30.2010)
• Speaker, Health Care Reform: What Employers Need to Know Now!, American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, Webinar (04.29.2010)
• Speaker, New Federal Health Care Reform Law: Impact on Employers and Group Health Plans and How to Control Health Care Costs, New Federal Health Care Reform Law: Impact on Employers and Group Health Plans and How to Control He, Central Massachusetts Employers Association (04.27.2010)
• Speaker, National Health Care Reform: Understanding the Employer's Role, New England Employee Benefits Council (04.26.2010)
• Speaker, Health Care Reform: What's Happened and What's Next for California Companies, Mintz Levin and ML Strategies, San Diego, CA (04.20.2010)
• Speaker, A Historic Time in Healthcare: The Implications on Employer Plans, William Gallagher Associates, Webinar (03.29.2010)
• Speaker, National Health Care Reform, Partners Benefit Group (03.26.2010)
• Speaker, Legislative Agenda and Staffing Firms: Immigration, H-1B Visas, Healthcare Reform and More, 2010 Executive Forum, Staffing Industry Analysts (03.18.2010)
• Speaker, Health Policy Committee of the ERISA Industry Committee, (10.30.2009)
• Speaker, Your Benefits Plans: The Real Key to Solving Your Co-Employment Problem, 2009 Contingent Workforce Strategies Co-Employment and Risk Forum, Washington, DC (06.18.2009)

 
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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 3: Group Health Plan, Cafeteria Plan and Health FSA Nondiscrimination Theory and Practice
Alden J. Bianchi, December 15, 2014
These questions—which arise under Internal Revenue Code §§ 105(h) and 125, and Public Health Service Act § 2716—are important as employers endeavor to navigate the penalty provisions of Code § 4980H. They are particularly relevant in the case of employers that...

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 6: Labor and Treasury Departments Play Whack-a-Mole with Employer Payment Plans
Alden J. Bianchi, December 8, 2014
Last year, the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department/IRS (Departments) issued guidance on the application of certain of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market reforms to health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), certain health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) and...

The Affordable Care Act-Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 7: IRS Puts the Kibosh on Health Plans that Fail to Cover Hospital or Physician Services
Alden J. Bianchi, November 17, 2014
In a previous post, we described an Affordable Care Act compliance strategy—referred to commercially as a “minimum value plan” or “MVP”—that involves an offer of group health plan coverage that, while similar in most respects to traditional major medical...



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