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For purposes of the cafeteria plan nondiscrimination testing, the employer will use gross annual compensation which includes all taxable wages the employee receives from the employer, adds back any pre‐tax benefits the employee elects, as well as adds any taxable benefits the employee receives.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Cafeteria Plan , Nondiscrimination Testing , HCFSA , DCFSA , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , IRS , Annual compensation , Gross Compensation , W-2

Will My HRA Be HSA Compatible in 2019?

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As you approach 2019 and may be considering implementing a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA), now is a good time to begin reviewing your existing Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to ensure it remains HSA compatible. If you currently have an HRA and an HSA arrangement or you are looking to implement a HSA compatible HRA you will also need to review the plan design details to ensure HSA compatibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HRA , HSA Compatible , Minimum HDHP Deductible , 2019 limits
If you are looking at implementing a Health Savings Account during this upcoming 2019 open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing benefit plan(s), in order to identify any issues and make any required modifications in advance when possible to preserve HSA eligibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health FSA , HRA , Health Savings Account , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , HSA Headaches , Disqualifying Coverage , Qualified HDHP , HDHP , Rollover , Grace Period , HSA eligibility
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
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
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