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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

Will My HRA Be HSA Compatible in 2018?

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As you approach 2018 and may be considering implementing a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) it is a good time now to review your existing Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to ensure it remains HSA compatible. If you currently have an HRA and an HSA arrangement you will need to review the details as well to ensure that it remains HSA compatible.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HRA , HSA compatible , HDHP
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

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 Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) recently issued an advice memorandum addressing certain employee benefit arrangements that purport to provide employees with tax-free compensation through combination self-funded health plans and wellness plans. Promoters generally entice employers by claiming that payments made to employees under such arrangements are also not subject to employment taxes, such as FICA and FUTA. In the memorandum, the OCC provides two examples of such arrangements and ex...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care in General | Tags: Self-funded health plan , wellness plan , IRS , Internal Revenue Service , benefits , tax , wellness

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
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