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OCR HIPAA Audits Underway

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The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has begun conducting audits of covered entities as part of its HIPAA privacy and security compliance program.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: HIPAA
On December 5, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration announced two proposed rules under health care reform that greatly strengthen DOL’s oversight and enforcement authority for MEWAs.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: MEWA
With open enrollment season upon us, we’ve received several questions regarding anticipatory elections. We also receive calls throughout the year on the related topic of election changes based on an anticipatory election that did not come to fruition.
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Categories: Benefits in General | Tags: Dependent Care FSA , Cafeteria Plan , Health Care FSA
On December 2, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final medical loss ratio (MLR) rule. Under the final rule, broker commissions remain administrative expenses in the MLR calculation.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: Medical Loss Ratio

Part Timers and the Dependent Care FSA

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Q. Employer: We’ve had a question come up a couple of times at our meetings this week regarding dependent care. One of the points on our slides is that the employee and spouse must either be working or full time students to be able to use the dependent care account. Are there a minimum number of hours that they need to be working?
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Categories: Benefits in General | Tags: Dependent Care FSA , Cafeteria Plan

Supreme Court to Consider Health Care Reform Law

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The Supreme Court has agreed to review several challenges to health care reform, most likely in March, with a decision in June. While the fact that the court has agreed to hear the case is not surprising, the time allotted to oral arguments highlights the significance of the case and the complexity of the issues involved – five and a half hours instead of the usual one.
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On Friday November 4, 2011 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law legislation that adopts the federal income tax treatment of employer-provided health coverage of adult children who have not attained age 27 as of the end of the tax year for Wisconsin state income tax purposes. Prior to this recent change, Wisconsin was the only remaining state that had not adopted the federal income tax treatment. The change is effective retroactive to January 1, 2011.
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Health Care FSA $2,500 Limit

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You may have heard that health care reform imposes a $2,500 limit on annual salary reduction contributions to Health Care FSAs, effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012. The $2,500 limit is indexed for inflation for taxable years starting with 2014. As we await more guidance from the IRS, we’d like to discuss a few issues related to the limit and offer some examples to help you in the interim.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: Health Care FSA

Back to Basics: Cafeteria Plan Benefits

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Remember that a cafeteria plan is a plan that offers employees a choice between taxable benefits and qualified benefits. Only qualified nontaxable benefits can be offered under a cafeteria plan.
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Categories: Benefits in General | Tags: Cafeteria Plan

Uniform Coverage and the Health FSA

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The Uniform Coverage Rule requires that “the maximum amount of reimbursement from a health FSA must be available at all times during the period of coverage (properly reduced as of any particular time for prior reimbursements for the same period of coverage).” Prop. Treas. Reg. §1.125-5(d)(1).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Health FSA , Uniform Coverage Rule
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