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The IRS has issued Notice 2020-15, which provides relief for testing and treatment for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) from being disqualifying coverage for eligibility to contribute to a Health Savings Account. Health Plans are permitted to offer these services before the minimum High Deductible Health Plan deductible has been satisfied.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HDHP , High Deductible Health Plan , COVID-19 , Coronavirus , Notice 2020-15
Every year, more employers are adding high deductible health plans (HDHP) along with Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to their benefit offerings to help curb the rising cost of health premiums, as well as help employees become better stewards of their health care dollars. If you are considering implementing a HSA for the upcoming 2020 open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing plan(s). This will allow you to identify any issues and make any required modifica...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , HDHP , High Deductible Health Plan , HSA Compatible , Disqualifying Coverage , Limited Health FSA , HRA , Cafeteria Plans , Grace Period , Rollover , Embedded , Aggregate
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

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 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
As a result of industry efforts, the IRS issued Notice 2018-12 on March 5, 2018 to provide transition relief until 2020. The relief is so individuals covered by high deductible health plans that paid for male sterilization and male contraceptive expenses below the deductible will still be temporarily eligible to make contributions to an HSA.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Notice 2018-12 , Preventive Care , Male Sterilization , Health Savings Account , HDHP , high deductible health plan , Section 223

Proposed Rules for Short Term Health Insurance

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule on short-term, limited duration health insurance on February 20, 2018 as a result of that executive order.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Short Term Health Insurance , Executive Order 13813 , HRA , Health plans , HHS , Proposed Rule Short Term Health Insurance
In response to an October 2017 Executive Order, the Department of Labor recently released proposed rules that would make it easier for small businesses and sole proprietors to band together to purchase and provide health insurance through association health plans.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: AHP , Association Health Plan , Department of Labor , DOL , Affordable Care Act , ACA , proposed rules , small employers
On October 12, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order directing the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services to consider proposing regulations or revising guidance that would affect certain types of health insurance plans and health reimbursement arrangements.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: Trump , President , Executive Order , HRA , AHP , health plan , insurance , ACA , White House , STLDI , Treasury , Labor , HHS , Health and Human Services
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