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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Fees Extended

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In December 2019, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 was signed. Among many provisions was an extension of the tax used to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. This tax was first applicable in 2013 and the final tax filings were scheduled for 2020. With this extension, plans will now be responsible for this tax and filing for an additional 10 years, up to 2030.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Further Consolidated Appropriations Act 2020 , HR 1865 , PCOR Fees , Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
The IRS issued Notice 2020-05, announcing the optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.
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Categories: Benefits in General | Tags: IRS , Medical , Mileage , Charitable , Business , 2020 Limits
As we ring in the New Year, 2020 calendar-year cafeteria plans have also started a new Plan Year. Employers are often faced with requests from participants to change their elections shortly after a new plan year begins. This article reviews the rules including when elections can and cannot be changed.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: FSA , Flexible Spending Accounts , Cafeteria Plan , Permitted Election Change
Late Friday, President Trump signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act (“Act”), 2020 (H.R. 1865) which includes many provisions, most notably the repeal of the Cadillac Tax. The Cadillac Tax was a provision included in the Affordable Care Act which imposed a tax on health plans if the value of the employer-sponsored health coverage exceeded a specified threshold. Employers sponsoring plans that risked surpassing that threshold would likely have cut their benefits to avoid the Cadillac...
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Further Consolidated Appropriations Act , Cadillac Tax , Repeal , Transportation Benefits , H.R. 1865
The IRS has issued the final 2019 forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C and 1095-C along with instructions. These forms will be used by employers, plan sponsors and group health plan insurers to report coverage to plan members and the IRS. This reporting is required by the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to provide notice to individuals on 1095-B or 1095-C has been extended from January 31, 2020 to March 2, 2020. In addition, the IRS has issued transitional good-faith relieve from section 6721 and 6722...
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Notice 2019-63 , Form 1094-B , Form 1094-C , Form 1095-B , Form 1095-C , Employer Reporting , ALEs , Applicable Large Employers , Minimum Essential Coverage , MEC , 6055 , 6056
When an employer is implementing a Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) for the first time, or when they offer it as one plan option among many, it is important for employees to understand how other coverage can impact their HSA eligibility. This includes plans from the prior plan year that extend benefits into the new plan year, such as standard Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts with rollover.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , Health Care FSA , Rollover
Standard Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (HCFSAs) which may reimburse medical expenses are disqualifying coverage for both an individual as well as their spouse for purposes of the tax benefits of a health savings account (HSA). Employees wishing to open and contribute to an HSA (or have employer contributions into their HSA) would not be eligible if their spouse has a standard HCFSA (unless the FSA is a limited purpose FSA with reimbursements restricted to dental and vision expenses).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , FSA
When an individual has a Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified high deductible health plan it is important for them to understand how becoming entitled (eligible and enrolled) in Medicare can impact their HSA eligibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Medicare , Health Savings Account , HSA
When an employer is implementing a Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified high deductible health plan for the first time, or when they offer it as one plan option among many, it is important for the plan participant to understand how other coverage can impact their HSA eligibility. This includes plans from the prior plan year that extend benefits into the new plan year, such as standard Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts with Grace Period.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , Health Care FSA , Grace Period

IRS Announces 2020 Health Care FSA Limits

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Today, the IRS officially announced the 2020 annual inflation adjustments for multiple tax provisions, including the adjusted 2020 limits for health care flexible spending accounts (FSAs).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: 2020 FSA Limits , Health Care FSA Limit 2020 , Revenue Procedure 2019-44
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