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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
In a new recent opinion, a federal court decided to vacate the EEOC's final wellness incentive regulations beginning on January 1, 2019.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: wellness , EEOC , regulations , incentives

Employer Plan Notices Are Now in Season!

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With open enrollment fast-approaching for many employers, it is also a good time for employers to take stock of whether they have provided all necessary documents and notices for their health and welfare benefit plans to their employees and plan participants this year.
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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
On August 22, 2017, a U.S. District Court remanded final wellness regulations back to the EEOC for further review and reconsideration, finding that the current rules were "arbitrary and capricious."
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Categories: | Tags: AARP , EEOC , wellness , ADA , GINA , Americans With Disabilities Act , Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act , American Association of Retired Persons , Equal Employment Opporunity Commission , arbitrary , capricious , regulations
The IRS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) recently issued an advice memorandum addressing certain employee benefit arrangements that purport to provide employees with tax-free compensation through combination self-funded health plans and wellness plans. Promoters generally entice employers by claiming that payments made to employees under such arrangements are also not subject to employment taxes, such as FICA and FUTA. In the memorandum, the OCC provides two examples of such arrangements and ex...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care in General | Tags: Self-funded health plan , wellness plan , IRS , Internal Revenue Service , benefits , tax , wellness
An IRS Chief Counsel Memorandum released on January 20, 2017, addressed the tax treatment of fixed indemnity health plans.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Indemnity , Wellness , Tax Exclusion

EEOC Issues Sample Notice for Wellness Plans

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The EEOC recently provided a sample notice to help employers comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to their wellness plans. The notice describes what medical information will be collected as part of the wellness program, who will receive the information, how it will be used and how it will be kept confidential. The requirement that employers provide the notice will take effect on or after January 1, 2017, on the first day of the plan year for the health plan that the empl...
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: wellness , wellness plan , wellness program , EEOC , notice , ADA , disabilities , health questions , biometric screening , employer

When is an Activity Tracker Medical Care?

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The Issue: How do you determine when or if an Activity Tracker (i.e. Fitbit) is eligible for pre-tax reimbursement under a flexible spending account (FSA), health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or Health Savings Account (HSA)? Activity Trackers (i.e. Fitbit, etc.) are gaining popularity to help individuals maintain overall general health, as well participate in workplace wellness programs that reward healthy behavior for activity.
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Wellness , IRS , Medical Care , FSA , HRA , HSA

IRS Addresses Tax Treatment of Wellness Benefits

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Without the proper structure and plan design, cash rewards, including gym memberships, as well as premium reimbursements for participating in a wellness program may be considered taxable "wages" to employees.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: IRS , wellness , wages , cash rewards , gym membership , HRA , Flexible Spending Account , Cafeteria Plan
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released final rules on May 17, 2016 amending both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) to further clarify the effect of those laws on workplace wellness programs. This guidance provides welcome assistance to the increasing number of employers that are offering wellness programs to promote health and reduce health care costs for their employees.
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HHS , Wellness , EEOC , ADA , GINA
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