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Failure to file or failure to file required Form 5500s on time can prove to be costly for an employer as daily penalties are assessed for late or missing filings.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: IRS , Form 5500 , Form 5558 , DFVCP , Delinquent Filers , Penalties

5500 Filing Season Heating Up

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July is a big month for Form 5500 filing. An employer that has health and welfare benefit plans that have 100 or more participants on the 1st day of the plan year will have a filing deadline seven months from the end of the plan year, which is July 31st for calendar year plans.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Form 5500 , Form 5558 , IRS , ERISA

Final Rule on Association Health Plans Released

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June 19, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL), after considering over 900 comments on the proposed rule released a final new rule for association health plans (AHPs) and launched a webpage on AHPs. AHPs are group health plans that employer groups and associations offer to provide health coverage for their members’ employees. This new rule will provide additional ways for employers to get health coverage from AHPs.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care in General | Tags: AHP , Health Plan , Association Health Plans , Executive Order

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

When Can You Change the COBRA Rates?

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There are limited times when the employer is permitted to change the premiums for COBRA QBs during the determination period.
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: COBRA , Determination Period , QB , COBRA Rates

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
In follow up to our earlier post in March regarding the HSA Maximum Family Contribution change, we want to provide some new information based upon an IRS Revenue Procedure released April 26, 2018.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: IRS , Revenue Procedure 2018-27 , HSA , Health Savings Account , Family Contribution Limit

When Do Adult Children Lose Health Coverage?

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This is a multi-faceted answer depending upon the coverage type. Effect March 30, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated that group health insurance plans provide coverage for employees’ children up to the age of 26.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Adult Child , Code Section 105(b) , COBRA , Permitted Election Change , Loss of Coverage , Age 26 , Parent's Health Plan
Earlier this month, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) co-authored H.R. 5138, the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act. The proposed legislation would improve Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for millions of Americans The legislation is co-sponsored by Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Ron Kind (D-WI), Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Brain Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act , Sen. Kelly , HR 5138 , Health Savings Act of 2017 , Sen. Hatch , FSA , HRA , S 403

HIPAA Small Breach Notifications Due March 1st

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Small breaches discovered in 2017, must be reported to HHS by March 1, 2018.
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HHS , HIPAA Breach , Small breach , March 1 2018 , HIPAA , OCR
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