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July 17, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2019-45, which for purposes of HSAs, provides a list of medical care expenses that may be treated as preventive care benefits under a high deductible health plan (HDHP). As a result of this Notice, preventive care has been expanded to include care for certain chronic medical conditions.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , Preventive Care , Chronic Care , Chronic Medical Conditions , Section 223 , IRS Notice 2019-45 , Executive Order , Treasury Department , IRS
The IRS issued Notice 2019-02, announcing the optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medical , Mileage , 2019 limits , Medical Mileage , Business Mileage , Moving Mileage , IRS , IRS Notice 2019-02 , Charitable Mileage
The IRS recently released Notice 2018-94, which provides a 30 day extension to the deadline for Applicable Large Employers (ALE) to distribute the 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting forms to employees an covered individuals.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: IRS Notice 2018-94 , Employer reporting extension , 2018 ALE reporting extension , Form 1095-C , Form 1095-B , IRS

IRS Announces 2019 Pension Plan Limits

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Today, the IRS released Notice 2018-83, announcing the cost of living adjustments for pension plans and other retirement related items for the tax year 2019. Some of the more notable changes include...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Pension Plans , 2019 Limits , IRS Notice 2018-83 , Highly compensated employee , Key Employee , Nondiscrimination Testing , IRA , 401k , 457 , 403(b) , Roth IRA

Medicare Part D Notice Deadline Approaching Soon

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Prior to the Medicare Part D annual enrollment period and no later than October 14, 2018, employers that provide prescription drug coverage must provide a notice of creditable or non-creditable coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medicare Part D , Creditable Coverage Notice , Medicare , October 14th , CMS , Model Notice
With open enrollment fast approaching for many employers, it is a good time to review what materials are necessary for open enrollment and what employer notices are required to distribute and when. Some employer notices are provided when participants first become covered under a health and welfare plan and others have an annual distribution requirement.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Employer Notice , SPD , SMM , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , Wellness , Grandfathered Status , WHCRA , Michelle's Law , ADA

Summary Plan Description: Paper or Electronic?

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Department of Labor (DOL) regulations describe when an employer can distribute benefit information including the Summary Plan Description (SPD), Summary of Annual Report (SAR), Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), and other required benefit notices (i.e. Medicare Part D, Women’s Heath and Cancer Rights Act, Privacy Notices, etc.) electronically to plan participants.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: SPD , DOL , Summary Plan Description , Department of Labor , Electronic Distribution , Safe Harbor , Thomas v. CIGNA Group Ins , SAR , SBC , Employee Notices
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

Medicare Part D Disclosure Due to CMS by March 1

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Entities that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare Part D eligible individuals must disclose to CMS whether the coverage is "creditable prescription drug coverage".
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: CMS , Creditable Coverage , March 1st , Disclosure , Medicare Part D Notice
The IRS recently announced in Notice 2018-06 that it has extended the 2018 deadline for insurers, self-insured employers, other coverage providers and applicable large employers to provide Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals who received health insurance coverage in 2017. These Forms, which are required by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), must now be provided to individuals by March 2, 2018, instead of January 31, 2018. Notice 2018-06 also provides relief from penalty payments under the A...
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Affordable Care Act , ACA , 1095-B , 1095-C , health insurance , IRS , Notice 2018-06 , relief , penalty , good faith
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