Employee Benefits and the 2020 Election

Thursday 3:45pm – 4:45pm


Session Description

Make no mistake, the events of 2020 will dramatically impact the way we live, work and play for generations. With the 2020 election around the corner, business and political leaders are thinking and talking in new ways that could drastically change the shape of how we approach everything – from the way health insurance operates, to the way insurance policies are written and interpreted, and the way we work and socialize.


Learning Objectives

  1. In this session we’ll dig into the how the events of 2020 are shaping the upcoming election, and how both will shape policy decisions going forward
  2. Update regarding the current political climate and where important issues (i.e. surprise medical billing, Medicare For All, transparency) stand
  3. Overview of the electoral dynamics and how they will impact policy prior to November
  4. How will election outcomes impact policies/issues that affect businesses and benefits?


Scott Behrens

Scott brings more than nine years of legal experience to his current position as a Senior ERISA Attorney. He has extensive expertise in compliance with ERISA and other employee benefits laws, including the Affordable Care Act.

As the Director of Government Relations, Scott frequently meets with legislators and regulators to encourage support of employer-provided benefits. He brings critical experience in public policy and politics to the role, having worked for a former chairman of the Committee on the Budget for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Prior to joining Lockton, Scott worked as an Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Associate at an AmLaw 100 law firm and was able to hone his skills working with some of the top attorneys in the nation. Scott’s previous experience has given him an intimate understanding of ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, relevant sections of the Tax Code and PHSA, and other laws such as FMLA and USERRA.

Scott is a frequent speaker and author on employee benefits and political matters.

Scott received his bachelor’s degree in politics from Drake University, where he founded the Delta Theta Phi Undergraduate Pre-Law Fraternity. He also received his law degree from Drake University, where he graduated with highest honors, Order of the Coif. Additionally, he was a member of Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity and the Drake University Law Review.