WorkSource Wisconsin: Utilizing mental health parity to enhance your bottom line

1:00- 2:00 p.m.

October 28, 2009

Presented by WorkSource Wisconsin


Jerry Halverson, M.D., UW-Madison School of Psychiatry

Jeff Kluever, Director of Risk Management, Journal Communications

Registration Details-

WorkSource Wisconsin is proud to present “Utilizing Mental Health Parity to Enhance Your Bottom Line” a free webinar to illustrate the impact of mental health parity legislation on Wisconsin business. This training is timed to aide Wisconsin businesses in complying with the new law which takes effect January 1, 2010 for most employer-sponsored health plans.

Attendees of the webinar will be provided with an overview of the new Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 by Dr. Jerry Halverson, M.D. of the UW-Madison Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Halverson will provide an overview of employer responsibilities and coverage and benefit mandates associated with the new legislation. He will provide details on the regulations that go into effect for health insurance renewals beginning January 2010 for businesses with more than 50 employees.

Attendees will hear from Jeff Kluever, Director of Risk Management of Journal Communications on their experience since 2008 of providing mental health benefits on a par with traditional health benefits within the company’s health benefit package. Mr. Kluever will provide details on Journal Communications experience with the advent of mental health parity in their employee benefit plan. This will include information on mental health benefit expense, employee absence and presenteeism expense. Mr. Kluever will review the strategic plan followed by Journal Communications in implementing mental health parity.

WorkSource Wisconsin provides training technical assistance and resources statewide on the employment and retention of people with disabilities. Having had successful regional trainings across Wisconsin since 2007 WorkSource Wisconsin is now launching a webinar training series in Fall 2009 to reach even more Wisconsin businesses. WorkSource Wisconsin strives to provide the business community with timely resources on legislation, hiring practices and job accommodations through the website-, regional training programs, and customized technical assistance. The website enjoys over 10,000 hits per month (average 2009 year-to-date) and has become a go-to resource for the business perspective on employing and retaining employees with disabilities.

WorkSource Wisconsin is a business to business resource for and by Wisconsin businesses interested in the hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. WorkSource Wisconsin is advised by a 20-member Employer Advisory Committee and is funded by a federal Medicaid Infrastructure Grant through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.