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OCR Announces $2.5 Million HIPAA Settlement

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The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced a $2.5 million settlement with a wireless health services provider, CardioNet, for violations of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: OCR , Office for Civil Rights , Health and Human Services , DHHS , CardioNet , settlement , HIPAA , Privacy , Security , mobile device
The IRS Released Revenue Procedure 2017-37 on May 4, 2017 that provides the HSA limits for 2018 as follows:
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , IRS , FSA , HRA , HSA compatible , Limits , 2018
The IRS recently released an information letter addressing the question of whether an employee who establishes and funds an HSA while enrolled in Medicare must pay a fine to the IRS.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , health savings account , IRS , information letter , Internal Revenue Service , Medicare

EBRI Releases Survey on Workplace Benefits

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The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)/Greenwald & Associates Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey released this month “examines a broad spectrum of health care issues, including workers’ satisfaction with health care today, their confidence in the health care system and the Medicare program, and their attitudes toward benefits in the workplace”.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: EBRI , health insurance , ACA , health care reform , benefits , employment-related benefits
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule (Final Rule) on Market Stabilization under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Final Rule aims to lower insurance premiums, stabilize individual and small group markets, reduce fraud, waste and abuse, promote continuous coverage, empower states, reduce duplication of efforts between the states and federal government and increase the number of health insurance plans and plan choices available to consumers in the M...
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: CMS , Market Stability , ACA , Affordable Care Act , AV Calculator , qualified health plan , stabilization , health insurance , Marketplace
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a statement on March 16, 2017 supporting the use of cafeteria plans and requesting that the use of cafeteria plans be opened up for self-employed individuals in an effort to promote cafeteria plan use among small businesses.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care in General | Tags: self-employed , sole proprietor , partner , subchapter s , sub s , s corporation , long-term care , longevity insurance , cafeteria plan
As reminder, the new version of the SBC, uniform glossary, and related documents are required for use on or after April 1, 2017.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: SBC , HRA , ACA
March 13, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office ("CBO") released the score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: CBO , AHCA , JCT

Kaiser Poll on American Health Care Act

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Kaiser conducted a poll (March 6-12) as Americans were first learning about the American Health Care Act and before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated its effects,
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: ACA , Kaiser Study , GOP , AHCA , Repeal , Replace
Employee Benefits Corporation sent three members of our Compliance team to the Employer Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. March 8-10, 2017.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: AHCA , ACA , House , Senate , FSA , HSA , HRA , Consumer directed accounts , GOP
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