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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

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

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
The IRS announced late last year in Notice 2018-06 that it had extended the 2018 deadline for insurers, self-insured employers, other coverage providers and applicable large employers to provide Forms 1095-B and 1095-C (the “Forms”) to individuals who received health insurance coverage in 2017 from January 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018. That deadline is quickly approaching.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: ACA , Employer Reporting , March 2nd , IRS , Q&A
The IRS has provided updates to the Employer Shared Responsibility Q&A guidance on its website.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: ACA , Employer Shared Responsibility , Penalty , 4980(h) , IRS , Q&A , Affordability
For participants in the Health Savings Account (HSA), you can find new instructions for IRS Form 8889 used to report contributions and distributions to the HSA on the 2017 personal tax returns.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , HSA , Health Savings Account , Form 8889 , Pub. 969
EBRI has released the results of a 2017 survey on worker opinion on health care in the U.S.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care in General | Tags: EBRI , FSA , HRA , HSA , Health

Income Tax Season is Upon Us

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January 29, 2018 marked the start of tax filing season. People have until Tuesday, April 17, 2018, to file their 2017 returns and pay any taxes due. The filing tax deadline is later this year due to several factors.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: IRS , 1095-A , 1095-B , 1095-C , 1099-SA , 5498-SA , HSA , Dependent Care FSA , Form 2441 , Form 8889 , ACA , group health insurance , HRA , PEB , COBRA Beneficiary
Yesterday, President Trump signed a bill which will provide funding for the government for an additional three weeks, through February 8, 2018, ending the government shutdown. The bill included a provision delaying the Cadillac Tax until January 1, 2022.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: Cadillac Tax , CHIP , medical device tax , health insurance tax , government shutdown
Taxpayers interested in filing itemized deductions for medical expenses will find the IRS Pub. 502 a useful resource when preparing their federal income tax returns.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Pub 502 , Medical Expense , Itemized Deduction , FSA , HRA , HSA , 7.5%