Laura Miller Andrew is a Counsel in the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits and Health Care Practices of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, with a special emphasis on health care.
Ms. Andrew advises clients in all major aspects of employee benefits including qualified and nonqualified plans, IRS and DOL compliance matters, merger and acquisition issues, executive compensation, and employment agreements. She also has an expertise in health care related matters, including health care reform legislation, compliance with HIPAA, and state health care laws.
Ms. Andrew has written on many aspects of employee benefits and health care. Since the passage of health care reform legislation, Ms. Andrew has written articles including:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Health Care Reform Forces Employers to ‘Play or Pay,’”
Bloomberg Law Reports “Employers: Prepare Now for the Impact of Health Care Reform in 2011”
Atlanta Business to Business “Insights into Law: Generate Positive Goodwill Through Required Health Care Reform Communications”
Bloomberg Law Reports “Group Health Plan Sponsors Should Prepare for Possible HIPAA Audits”
Wolters Kluwer, “Employee Benefits Management Directions – No Surprises Act”
Ms. Andrew has also lectured on these topics to various groups, notably the Worldwide Employee Benefits (WEB), the Georgia Restaurant Association, Construction Financial Management Association, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the First Coast Manufacturer’s Association (FCMA).
She also speaks on other employee benefits and health care topics including:
“Employee Benefits Legislative Update: Health Care Reform: Play or Pay?”
“Trends in Benefits Workshop”
“Benefit Audits: How to Decrease Costs and Improve Employee Satisfaction”
“Health Care Reform: What It Means for Your Business”
“New DOL Electronic Disclosure Rules for ERISA – Covered Retirement Plans: Critical Next Steps and Legal Ramifications”
“Employee Benefits Hot Topics”
“Price Transparency and the No Surprises Act: What Group Health Sponsors Need to Know”
“Consolidated Appropriations Act and Employee Benefits”
Ms. Andrew is actively involved in Women in Local Leadership (WWL) with United Way and is Chair of the Health Team Resource Management Committee of the United Way of northeast Florida.
Ms. Andrew received her B.B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Mercer University, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She earned her J.D. degree, with distinction, from Emory University, where she was a member of the Moot Court Society.
She is admitted to the State Bars of Florida and Georgia. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) (Fraud and Abuse, Business Law and Governance, Life Sciences, and Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Groups), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Bar Association Health Taxation (Employee Benefits Counsel), and Labor and Employment Sections, and the Joint Committee on Employee Benefits.
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American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
American Bar Association Taxation (Employee Benefits Committee) and Labor and Employment Sections
Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
United Way, Member of the Community Resource Council
Jacksonville Women’s Network, Co-Chair of the Legal Section and Member of the Nomination Committee
Webinar: No Surprises Act Guidance for Heath Plans: Final Rules, IDR Process, Qualifying Payment Amounts, Disclosures, November 2, 2022.
Interview: “New independent dispute resolution requirements pose substantial challenges for health plans and health care providers, expert says,” with Wolkers Kluwer for VitalLaw™, October 4, 2022 (© 2022 CCH Incorporated and its affiliates and licensors).
Webinar: Lawline: Employee Benefits Hot Topics 2021, September 9, 2021.
Webinar: An Update on the Health Care implications of the Tax Reform Bill, February 6, 2018.
Webinar: Health Care Under the Trump Administration: Impact on Employers and Employees, November 14, 2017.
Quoted, “Expansion Challenges Owners May Face,” The Ambulatory M&A Advisor, April 25, 2016.
Webinar: Employer Wellness Plan Check-up: Design and Compliance, October 14, 2015.
Webinar: Dazed and Confused: Making Sense of the ACA Reporting Requirements, August 19, 2015.
Webinar: HIPAA Update on Employer Responsibilities and Duties, May 20, 2015.
Author, “Health Care Reform Forces Employers to ‘Play or Pay,'” Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 12, 2013.
Contributing author, “Helping Clients Comply with the Affordable Care Act,” Health Care Law Enforcement and Compliance: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Recent Trends in Health Care Enforcement, Updating Compliance Programs, and Developing Client Strategies, 2014 Edition.