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Repeal and Replace ACA-Employer View

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The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) this month released the results from a survey that asked 727 employers their views on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and repeal-and-replace efforts.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: ACA , Repeal and replace , IFEBP , Cadillac tax , Employer mandate , Health FSA , HSA

HSAs in the Workplace

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As HSAs become more common in the workplace, it is useful to review research about HSAs to better understand their benefits, limitations and trends. Last week, the Employee Benefit Research Institute released two reports pertaining to HSA usage between 2011 and 2016.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform | Tags: Health savings account , HSA , high-deductible health plan , HDHP , EBRI , Employee Benefit Research Institute

HHS Issues Request for Information on ACA

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On June 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a request for information (RFI) on ways the regulatory burdens imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could be reduced and at the same time improve health care options.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: HHS , ACA

DOL Updates Various Model Notices

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has extended the effective date of various notices.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: CHIPRA , DOL , COBRA , Exchange , Model Notice

ECFC Sends Letter to Senate Leadership

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June 9, 2017, the Employer Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) signed on with more than 50 groups and sent a letter to ask the Senate leadership to help strengthen Americans’ health insurance coverage options, improve the quality of health care, and take critical action to apply downward pressure on the real drivers of health care costs, without imposing new taxes on the health benefits of hard-working taxpayers.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: ECFC , ACA , Senate , Employer-based
The IRS recently released an information letter clarifying the definition of a high deductible health plan (HDHP) for purposes of HSA eligibility. In the letter, the IRS explained that to qualify as an HDHP, a medical insurance plan (i) must satisfy certain minimum annual deductible and maximum out-of-pocket expense requirements and (ii) cannot provide any benefits below the minimum annual deductible, other than preventive care benefits.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HDHP , IRS , health savings account , high deductible health plan , Internal Revenue Service , information letter
Due to lower-than-expected participation, CMS has announced that it will propose a rule to change the process that small employers use to purchase health plans through the Federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: SHOP , FF-SHOP , Small Business Health Options Program , CMS , Small Employer , Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
The IRS has released 2018 key indexing adjustments used under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This revenue procedure is effective for taxable years and plan years beginning after December 31, 2017.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: ACA , Affordability , IRS , Tax Credits

CRS Releases Report on AHCA

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Last week, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was passed on May 4, 2017 by the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: AHCA , American Health Care Act , CRS , Congressional Research Service , HR 1628 , H.R. 1628 , health care reform , repeal and replace

IRS Releases Updated Form 720 for PCOR Fees

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Employers must wait for the IRS to update the Form 720 each year in order to pay their fees with the correct form. The IRS has released a revision to the IRS Form 720 and Form 720 instructions that can be used for the PCOR fees due by July 31, 2017.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: PCOR , IRS , Form 720 , HRA , Self-funded , Health , Fee
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