Amber M. Rivers, JD
Director, Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Ms. Rivers is the Director of the EBSA’s Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA). OHPSCA is the primary source of regulations and interpretive guidance related to group health plans under ERISA and provides education, compliance assistance, and other technical support to plans, other government agencies and other stakeholders on health coverage-related matters. In her role, Ms. Rivers serves as the Agency’s principal advisor on health care issues; is responsible for the establishment of strategies for regulatory development; the review, analysis, and promulgation of interpretations, opinions, and regulations related to ERISA’s health care requirements; and trends in health care reform and legislative issues. She also coordinates the Agency’s technical assistance to members of Congress and Congressional committees regarding drafting of ERISA health care legislation. Ms. Rivers serves as the Agency’s liaison on health coverage-related matters to the NAIC, and coordinates the Agency’s technical support on health coverage-related matters to State government agencies. Ms. Rivers coordinates the Department’s efforts with respect to tri-agency healthcare initiatives related to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the Mental Health Parity and Addition Equity Act, the Affordable Care Act, the Families First and Coronavirus Response Act, the CARES Act, and other laws under Part 7 of ERISA. Ms. Rivers received her JD from the George Washington University Law School and her BA from Rutgers University.