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Kim is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group. Kim has significant experience advising employers and other benefit plan professionals on welfare benefit plan matters. She helps clients respond to increased plan costs and legal changes by analyzing various plan designs and associated risks; closely following legal developments and offering practical, proactive advice; reviewing and negotiating service provider agreements; helping health plans update HIPAA privacy and security compliance and providing employee training; drafting and reviewing plan documentation and participant communications; consulting on benefit claims and appeals; and answering questions relating to the Affordable Care Act, the mental health parity rules, HIPAA, COBRA, health savings accounts, nondiscrimination requirements, cafeteria plan rules, taxation of benefits, and other welfare benefit matters.

“Wilderness therapy? What’s that?”

That’s the common response I receive when I mention that wilderness therapy is a hot topic in mental health parity litigation. Wilderness therapy is a form of residential treatment that uses nature and the outdoors as a therapeutic tool.   Often used with operationally-defiant or drug-addicted teens, wilderness therapy combines traditional therapy