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The IRS recently issued guidance intended to help employers and employees affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The guidance provides relief to employees and businesses located in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and certain parts of Texas.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Hurricane , tax relief , Irma , Maria , Harvey

Employer Plan Notices Are Now in Season!

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With open enrollment fast-approaching for many employers, it is also a good time for employers to take stock of whether they have provided all necessary documents and notices for their health and welfare benefit plans to their employees and plan participants this year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Notice , Compliance , Benefits , SPD , SMM , SBC , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , WHCRA , Wellness , ADA , Grandfathered Plan , MIchelle's Law

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
On August 22, 2017, a U.S. District Court remanded final wellness regulations back to the EEOC for further review and reconsideration, finding that the current rules were "arbitrary and capricious."
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Categories: | Tags: AARP , EEOC , wellness , ADA , GINA , Americans With Disabilities Act , Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act , American Association of Retired Persons , Equal Employment Opporunity Commission , arbitrary , capricious , regulations
August 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced an update on employee benefit plan compliance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: DOL , FAQ , Hurricane Harvey , Health Benefits , Retirement Benefits , COBRA
August 29, 2017, the IRS announced tax relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Tax Relief , Hurricane Harvey , extension
The recent Mull v. Motion Picture Industry Health Plan case (No. 15-56246 (9th Cir. August 1, 2017) illustrates the importance of complying with ERISA’s Plan Document and Summary Plan Description (SPD) requirements.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: ERISA , DOL , Wrap , Plan Document , SPD , Summary Plan Description , Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health Plan

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