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Compliance Buzz will include comprehensive and practical updates on legislative, regulatory and court developments affecting employee benefit plans. The blog will also contain coverage on issues that impact benefits in general, and in particular, health care reform.
By Compliance on 10/21/2014 11:48 AM

An HRA is a group health plan that is self-insured by the employer. Some HRAs are subject to the Transitional Reinsurance Fee starting with calendar year 2014 and payable through calendar year 2016. Employers that owe the TR fee for an affected HRA need to register with the Department of Health and Human Services using the department’s REGTAP website (“”), complete the new TR Fee form on no later than November 15th and pay the TR fee , either in full or as first installment payment, no later than January 15, 2015.

By Compliance on 10/21/2014 6:57 AM

Insurers in states where same sex marriage bans have been overturned may be allowing special open enrollments for employees to add their same sex spouses to the employer’s group health, dental or vision insurance plans. If this open enrollment occurs mid-plan year of the employer’s cafeteria plan, the employee can add their same sex spouse to the insurance coverage and pay premiums for that coverage tax free. However, this is a coverage change and the employee cannot change their health FSA election mid-year.

By Compliance on 10/14/2014 12:45 PM

Wisconsin’s Revenue Department has amended a prior Q&A to answer questions related to tax consequences for same sex couples.

By Compliance on 10/7/2014 1:01 PM

By refusing to review the appeals from five states whose bans on same sex marriages were overturned, the Supreme Court has cleared the way for same sex marriage to be recognized in those five states and potentially across the land.

By Compliance on 10/6/2014 11:42 AM

The IRS has published three revised draft forms that all employers or insurers are to use to report coverage that an employee was enrolled in at any time during 2015 and for a large employer to report its offer of health coverage to its full time employees, enrollment in that coverage and its affordability.

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