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Today the IRS officially announced under Revenue Procedure 2018-57, the 2019 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. Included in the announcement is the inflation adjusted 2019 limits for Health Care flexible spending accounts (FSA) under an IRC Section 125 cafeteria plan and the Parking and Transit account limits under and IRC Section 132 Transportation Plan.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Revenue Procedure 2018-57 , Health FSA Limit 2019 , Transportation Plan Limits 2019

IRS Announces PCOR Fee Adjustment

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IRS Notice 2018-85 provides the updated dollar amount to the be used to calculate the PCORI fee for health plan policy and plan years that end on or after October 1, 2018 and before October 1, 2019. This includes the 2018 calendar year plans, and the updated fee amount is $2.45 per covered life.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: PCOR , PCORI , PCOR Fee , Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute , Form 720

Proposed Rule Will Expand HRA Options In 2020

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The proposed HRA rules released last week, would generally retain the current types of permitted HRAs (integrated HRAs, HRAs restricted to excepted benefits like dental and vision expenses, and retiree-only HRAs); Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRA) and also will eventually allow two new types of HRAs effective January 1, 2020.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: HRA , QSEHRA , Premium Reimbursement Account , PRHRA , Excepted Benefit HRA , IRS , DOL , ECFC
The IRS has released the final Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C for calendar year 2018 reporting with minimal changes. Employers are required to report in early 2019 for the calendar year 2018.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Employer reporting , 1094 , 1095 , Section 6055 , Section 6056 , Employer Mandate , IRS , ALE , ACA
Most notably a projected increase to the 2019 Health Care FSA limit of $50 or an annual maximum is $2,700 per plan year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Health Care FSA , Flexible Spending Account , Projected Health Care FSA Limit , $2700 per plan year , Affordable Care Act , Tax Reform , C-CPI-U , 2019
The IRS has updated Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act on their website to address the effect of association health plans (AHPs) on applicable large employer (ALE) status if the employer offers health coverage through an AHP.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: AHP , ALE , Association Health Plans , IRS , Q&A , Applicable Large Employer , employer mandate , employer shared responsibility
On July 23, H.R.6199 Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 and H.R.6311 Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 were approved 8-4 in a party line vote by the House Rules Committee. During the proceedings, 2 amendments were offered and both failed. Consequently, the two bills moved on to the House floor. On July 25th under a closed-rule process, the H.R.6199 vote passed with bipartisan support in a 27...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HR 6311 , HR 6199 , HSA , FSA , HRA , House , Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 , Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018

Consumer Driven Health Care Activity on the Hill

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The House Ways and Means Committee marked up several bills mid-July that would raise contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and expand the allowable uses of these accounts, at a cost of $41 billion over ten years, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates. Collectively all the bills would cost an estimated $92 billion over the next ten years.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , FSA , Flexible Spending Account , OTC , Internal Revenue Code , Medicare and HSA eligibility , Premium Tax Credit , Medical Device Tax , Cadillac Tax , IRS , ACA , HDHP

Workplace Benefit Surveys Released

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The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)/Greenwald & Associates Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey recently released “studies a wide array of topics related to employee benefits including employees’ knowledge of their benefits, confidence in making benefit decisions and satisfaction with their benefits package.”
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: EBRI , National Health Interview Survey for 2017 , HSA , Consumer directed healthcare , employer sponsored health plan , health plan , voluntary benefits , workplace benefits , satisfaction survey

HHS Finalizes Several 2019 ACA Plan Parameters

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finalized maximum out of pocket limits for in-network essential health benefit (EHB) services covered by a health plan for 2019 at $7,900 for single coverage and $15,800 for any coverage other than single plan.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: ACA , Employer Shared Responsibility , Affordability , HDHP , Out of pocket maximum , EHB , Essential Health Benefits
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