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Health Care FSA Limit Projected $2,650 for 2018

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The CPI was released yesterday and Thomson Reuters has reported today, the projected inflation adjustments for 2018 for health, charitable, compliance and other specialty items. Most notably a projected increase to the 2018 Health Care FSA Limit of $50 or an annual maximum is $2,650 per plan year.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Health Care FSA , FSA , Limit , ACA , 2018 Limit , 2018 Health Care FSA Limit
If you are looking at implementing a Health Savings Account during this upcoming open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing benefit plan(s), in order to identify any issues and make any required modifications in advance when possible to preserve HSA eligibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HRA , FSA , Health Savings Account , HDHP , IRS , Open Enrollment , Grace Period , Rollover , HSA Compatible
The IRS recently issued draft versions of Forms 1094-B, 1094-C, 1095-B and 1095-C information returns for the 2017 tax year. The Affordable Care Act requires coverage providers to use Forms 1094-B and 1095-B to report health plan enrollment and requires applicable large employers to use Forms 1094-C and 1095-C to report about employer shared responsibility. The Forms also provide relevant information about individual shared responsibility and premium tax credits.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Affordable Care Act , ACA , 1094-B , 1095-B , 1094-C , 1095-C , information letter , IRS , Internal Revenue Service , draft , ALE , applicable large employer , Office of Chief Counsel , employer shared responsibility , individual mandate

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
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