Contraception Mandate Rolled Back for Employers - Update

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 08:12 AM

Updated 12/1/2017

Two tri-agency (Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Interim Final Rules were released and became effective on October 6, 2017, and were published on October 13, 2017.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap November 2017

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

November was a busy month in the employee benefits world. President Trump nominated Alex Azar for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap October 2017

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:11 AM

October was a busy month in the employee benefits world. President Trump announced a new Acting Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Eric Hargan fills the position vacated by Tom Price, who resigned in late September 2017.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements FAQ

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 @ 13:11 PM

Updated November 4, 2017

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) into law. The Cures Act provides a method for certain small employers to reimburse individual health coverage premiums up to a dollar limit through HRAs called "Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements" (QSE HRAs).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

President Trump Ends ACA Cost Sharing Reductions

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 @ 08:10 AM

On the evening of October 12, 2017, President Trump announced that cost sharing reductions for low income Americans in relation to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be stopped.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap September 2017

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 17:10 PM

September was quiet month in the employee benefits world.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

October 2017 Executive Order on Healthcare

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

On October 12, 2017, the White House released an Executive Order, signed by President Trump, titled "Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States."

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee, Transitional Reinsurance Fee (TRF) and Health Insurance Providers (HIP) Fee

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 14:10 PM

The IRS and the Department of Health and Human Services have issued final regulations that provide details on several fees that will be due as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Self-funded plans will calculate and pay these fees directly. Insurers will calculate and pay the fees due on insured policies, although insured plans should expect these fees to be passed along.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act

Contraception Mandate Rolled Back for Employers

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 08:10 AM

Two tri-agency (Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Interim Final Rules were released and became effective on October 6, 2017, and will be published on October 31, 2017, allowing a greater number of employers to opt out of providing contraception to employees at no cost through their employer-sponsored health plan.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

IRS Releases Draft Forms and Instructions for 2017 ACA Reporting

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 13:09 PM

Background

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals are required to have health insurance while applicable large employers (ALEs) are required to offer health benefits to their full-time employees.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits