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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
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
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