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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
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
On February 8, 2018, Senators John Thune, R-South Dakota, and Tom Carper, D-Delaware (S. 2410) and Representatives Diane Black, R-Tennessee, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon (H.R. 4978), introduced the bipartisan bill, the Chronic Disease Management Act of 2018.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Chronic Disease Management Act of 2018 , Chronic Disease , HDHP

Will My HRA Be HSA Compatible in 2018?

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As you approach 2018 and may be considering implementing a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) it is a good time now to review your existing Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to ensure it remains HSA compatible. If you currently have an HRA and an HSA arrangement you will need to review the details as well to ensure that it remains HSA compatible.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HRA , HSA compatible , HDHP
If you are looking at implementing a Health Savings Account during this upcoming 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, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HRA , FSA , Health Savings Account , HDHP , IRS , Open Enrollment , Grace Period , Rollover , HSA Compatible

HSAs in the Workplace

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As HSAs become more common in the workplace, it is useful to review research about HSAs to better understand their benefits, limitations and trends. Last week, the Employee Benefit Research Institute released two reports pertaining to HSA usage between 2011 and 2016.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform | Tags: Health savings account , HSA , high-deductible health plan , HDHP , EBRI , Employee Benefit Research Institute
The IRS recently released an information letter clarifying the definition of a high deductible health plan (HDHP) for purposes of HSA eligibility. In the letter, the IRS explained that to qualify as an HDHP, a medical insurance plan (i) must satisfy certain minimum annual deductible and maximum out-of-pocket expense requirements and (ii) cannot provide any benefits below the minimum annual deductible, other than preventive care benefits.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HDHP , IRS , health savings account , high deductible health plan , Internal Revenue Service , information letter

IRS and DOL Propose Form 5500 Revisions

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Just a few short weeks after the DOL announced the penalties will increase to $2,063 per day for failure to file Form 5500s, on July 21, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) (together called Agencies) will publish in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Forms Revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report Series.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: IRS , DOL , 5500 , Group Health Plans , FSA , HRA , HDHP

IRS Announces 2017 HSA and HDHP Limits

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In IRS Revenue Procedure 2016-28, the IRS has announced the annual HSA contribution limits and HDHP minimum deductible and maximum out-of-pocket limits that will apply in 2017.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: IRS , HHS , HDHP , HSA
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed maximum out of pocket limits for in-network essential health benefit (EHB) services covered by a health plan at $7,150 for single coverage and $14,300 for any coverage other than single plan.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: HHS , IRS , Maximum , HDHP
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