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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
According to a press release, the “House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released legislation on March 6, 2017 to repeal and replace Obamacare through a budget process known as reconciliation.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: GOP , American , American Health Act , Taxes , Ways and Means , Energy and Commerce , Obamacare , Repeal , Replace
The IRS recently released an information letter providing that a qualified transportation plan can require participants to use a debit card to pay for transit expenses, even if the circumstances might otherwise permit participants to claim cash reimbursement from their employer.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: transit , transportation , qualified transportation plan , readily available
The DOL released a proposed regulation last week that would delay the applicability date of the new fiduciary rules and related PTEs until June 9, 2017.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: fiduciary , fiduciary rules , executive order , DOL , Department of Labor , HSA , Health Savings Accounts

IRS Releases QSEHRA Notice Extension

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The IRS released Notice 2017-20, extending the notice period for an employer to furnish an initial written notice to its eligible employees regarding a qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA).
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: QSEHRA , Cures Act , IRS , ECFC
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued a proposed rule for 2018 which would institute new reforms aimed at stabilizing the individual and small group health insurance markets.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: CMS , health insurance
President Trump recently issued an executive order instructing the Department of Labor to review new fiduciary rules that were scheduled to take effect on April 10, 2017. In relevant part, these fiduciary rules would modify the standard of care for institutions and individuals who provide investment advice or recommendations to IRA and HSA holders, provide a private cause of action for a breach of that standard of care and impose excise taxes for violations of certain prohibited transactions.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: Fiduciary , Executive Order , fiduciary rules , DOL , Department of Labor , HSA , Health Savings Accounts
Last week, Senators Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Health Savings Act of 2017, S.403. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Eric Paulsen (R-3rd MN). The legislation would expand the use of HSAs by broadening eligibility rules, increasing maximum contribution limits and widening the universe of expenses that could be reimbursed from HSAs. The legislation also contains provisions pertaining to the interaction between HSAs, FSAs and...
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: HSA , HRA , FSA , Health Savings Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Care Reform
The IRS has published new versions of various publications used by taxpayers to assist them in preparing their 2016 income tax returns.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , IRS , Pub 969 , Form 8889 , Health Savings Account
An IRS Chief Counsel Memorandum released on January 20, 2017, addressed the tax treatment of fixed indemnity health plans.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Indemnity , Wellness , Tax Exclusion
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