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IRS Releases Cafeteria Plan Relief

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On Tuesday, May 12th, the IRS released a pair of notices that affect cafeteria plans and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). These notices give employers the opportunity to add extended grace periods to FSAs, increase the maximum rollover amount on Health Care FSAs, and/or allow their participants to make mid-year cafeteria plan election changes if their needs change during the pandemic.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS Notice 2020-29 , IRS Notice 2020-33 , Permitted Election Changes , Cafeteria Plans , Health Care FSA , Dependent Care FSA , Grace Period , Rollover , Amendments
The deadline for certain Form 5500 filings has been extended related the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: Form 5500 , Notice 2020-18 , Form 5558
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
Entities that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare Part D eligible individuals must disclose to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (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 has issued the final 2019 forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C and 1095-C along with instructions. These forms will be used by employers, plan sponsors and group health plan insurers to report coverage to plan members and the IRS. This reporting is required by the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to provide notice to individuals on 1095-B or 1095-C has been extended from January 31, 2020 to March 2, 2020. In addition, the IRS has issued transitional good-faith relieve from section 6721 and 6722...
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Notice 2019-63 , Form 1094-B , Form 1094-C , Form 1095-B , Form 1095-C , Employer Reporting , ALEs , Applicable Large Employers , Minimum Essential Coverage , MEC , 6055 , 6056

IRS Announces 2020 Pension Plan Limitations

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Today, the IRS issued Notice 2019-59, announcing the cost of living adjustments for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the tax year 2020. Review our summary for some of the more notable changes.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Pension Plans , 2020 Limits , IRS Notice 2019-59 , Highly Compensated Employee , Key Employee , Nondiscrimination Testing , IRA , 401k , 457 , 403(b) , Roth IRA
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. Make sure you are providing all required notices this open enrollment.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Notice , Compliance , Benefits , SPD , SMM , SBC , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , WHCRA , Wellness , ADA , Grandfathered Plan , Michelle's Law

Medicare Part D Notice Deadline Approaching

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Annually, employers who offer prescription drug coverage are responsible for providing notice to their Medicare-eligible plan participants (employees, former employees, and covered dependents) regarding the creditability status of their prescription drug coverage. This notice is required prior to the start of the Medicare Part D annual enrollment period, no later than October 14, 2019.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medicare Part D , Certificate of Creditable Coverage , Non-Creditable Coverage , Notice Requirement
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
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