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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
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

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

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
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

House Passes AHCA by Narrow Margin

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The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was passed in the House of Representatives today by a narrow margin vote of 217-213.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: AHCA , House , Health Care Reform , Congress
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
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