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The DOL recently finalized regulations regarding the claims procedure for employee benefit plans which provide disability benefits. The final rule largely tracks the proposed rule which came out last year. The final rule strengthens current rules by providing additional procedural protections and safeguards.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: disability , claim , DOL
That depends. The answer will be different if the employee has a cafeteria plan with runout, grace period or rollover.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health FSA , Grace Period , Rollover , Runout
As calendar-year cafeteria plans have begun the 2017 plan year, employers might be wondering whether it is really too late to allow employees to make changes to or revoke their flexible spending account (FSA) elections, especially if it is prior to the first payroll of the new plan year.
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Categories: Benefits in General | Tags: fsa , flexible spending accounts , cafeteria plan , permitted election change
Final regulations relating to the premium tax credits for eligible individuals who enroll in the Marketplace coverage were released by the IRS on December 19, 2016.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: ACA , IRA , IRS , Opt-Out Payments , Premium Tax Credit
December 22, 2016 the IRS provided several updates to the FAQ’s on their website.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: IRS , ACA , FAQ , 1094 , 1095 , Pay or Play , Employer Reporting

Agencies Release FAQ Part 35 About ACA

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December 20, 2016 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Part 35 was released regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act).
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: ACA , Cures Act , FAQ , Treasury , DOL , HHS

CMS and HHS Releases Final Rules and Guidance

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On December 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the Benefit and Payment Parameters rule for 2018 and posted a fact sheet that summarizes some of the key details.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: ACA , HHS , OOP Limits , CMS
The IRS issues Notice 2016-79, 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: IRS , Medical , Mileage , Business , Charitable , 2017 limits
The IRS recently released Notice 2016-75, which provides guidance and relief for small employers located in Wisconsin counties where no qualified health plan was available through a SHOP Exchange in 2016 but who would nonetheless like to take advantage of the tax credit available under Internal Revenue Code Section 45R.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: SHOP , Exchange , Small employers , Wisconsin , Notice 2016-75 , Form 8941
December 7, 2016 the Senate voted on H.R. 34, the "21st Century Cures Act". The measure passes with the majority 94-5, and includes bipartisan support.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HRA , HR 34 , Cure Act , Health Reimbursement Arrangement
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