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Open Enrollment season generally has employers asking if they can send benefit documents via email or post to the company’s intranet site versus distributing information by paper.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: DOL , Electronic Delivery , Safe Harbor , SPD

Health Care FSA Limit Projected $2,600 for 2017

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As you may recall, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) put a cap on Health Care FSA salary reductions in 2013, subject to Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustments in future years. Any adjustments are based upon the average of the Consumer Price Index as of the close of the 12-month period ending on August 31 of such calendar year.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Health Care FSA , FSA , Limit , ACA , 2017 Limit

Updated CHIP Notice Available

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An updated model notice was posted to the DOL website in late July and can be used by employers now to notify employees of eligibility for premium assistance under Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: CHIP , CHIP Notice

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, 2016, 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: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medicare Part D , CMS , DOL , Notice
The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS") recently issued a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) pertaining to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The Proposed Rule, HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018, sets forth proposed payment parameters and provisions related to risk adjustment, cost sharing and ACA insurance Exchange user fees. The Proposed Rule also provides proposals regarding myriad other aspects of the ACA.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: Benefit and Payment Parameters , Affordable Care Act , ACA

Keys to Successful HSA Implementation

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Employers continue to implement high deductible health plans (HDHP) and consumer directed accounts like Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to help curb the rising cost of health premiums as well as help employees become better stewards of health care dollars.
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In June 2016, in Pankey v. Mississippi State University, a Mississippi state court agreed to allow a Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”) case to move forward, even though the employee filing suit was bringing the claim four years after being terminated from employment. This decision serves as a cautionary tale for employers.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: COBRA
The following is a summary of important proposed national health care legislation to watch when Congress reconvenes in the fall.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: Restoring Access to Medication and Improving Health Savings Act , Health Savings Act , Small Business Health Care Relief Act , Native American Health Savings Improvement Act , Veterans TRICARE Choice Act , Health Care Security Act , Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act , Student Worker Exemption Act , Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently released draft instructions (“Draft Instructions”) for completing the 2016 versions of Forms 1094-B and 1095-B. The Draft Instructions follow the release of IRS drafts of the 2016 versions of Forms 1094-B and 1095-B.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: Draft Instructions , Affordable Care Act , Form 1094-B , Form 1095-B
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently released draft instructions (“Draft Instructions”) for completing the 2016 versions of Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. Applicable Large Employers (“ALEs”) (i.e., employers that had 50 or more full-time employees during the preceding calendar year) must fill out these forms to comply with certain Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) mandates pertaining to offers to and enrollment of employees in health insurance coverage. The draft instructions come on the ...
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: 1094-C , 1094-B , 1095-B , 1095-C , Draft Instructions , Draft Forms , Affordable Care Act
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