Compliance Recap - March 2019

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 @ 08:04 AM

March was a busy month in the employee benefits world.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

DOL Issues Final Regulations Regarding Association Health Plans - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 @ 13:04 PM

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Frequently Asked Questions About Association Health Plans (AHPs) and issued a final rule.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Option for Some to Renew Policies That Do Not Fully Meet ACA Standards - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Apr 1, 2019 @ 15:04 PM

In 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a transitional relief program that allowed state insurance departments to permit early renewal at the end of 2013 of individual and small group policies that do not meet the “market reform” requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap - February 2019

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 08:03 AM

February was a quiet month in the employee benefits world.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap - January 2019

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 @ 08:02 AM

January was a busy month in the employee benefits world. On January 24, 2018, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Proposed 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Jan 25, 2019 @ 08:01 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for benefit payment and parameters for 2020. CMS also released its draft 2020 actuarial value calculator and draft 2020 actuarial value calculator methodology.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap December 2018

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 08:01 AM

December was a relatively quiet month in the employee benefits world.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Status of Court Case Challenging ACA Constitutionality - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 @ 08:01 AM

Updated January 2019

On December 14, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Court) issued a declaratory order in ongoing litigation regarding the individual mandate and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Compliance Recap November 2018

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 @ 08:12 AM

November was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the due date for employers to furnish Forms 1095-C or 1095-B to individuals, extended “good faith compliance efforts” relief for 2018, and issued specifications for employer-provided substitute ACA forms.

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Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements FAQ - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 @ 08:12 AM

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