Proposed Rules on Coverage Transparency and Final Rules on Hospital Price Transparency - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 @ 09:01 AM

On November 15, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, Departments) released proposed rules on coverage transparency.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Federal Requirements for Fully Insured and Self-Funded Plans

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 08:01 AM

Updated January 2020

A plan sponsor’s requirements under federal law will vary depending on factors such as group health plan design, size, grandfathered status, and whether the plan is fully insured or self-funded.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap - December 2019

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jan 9, 2020 @ 08:01 AM

Compliance Recap

December 2019

 

December was a busy month in the employee benefits world.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Federal Tax Credit for Employer-Provided Paid Family and Medical Leave

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jan 6, 2020 @ 08:01 AM

In December 2019, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 included a one-year extension of the federal tax credit for employers that provide paid family and medical leave (FML) to their employees.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Webinar: What Employers Need to Know About the New Final Rules on Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 @ 13:12 PM

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) are accounts that help employees pay for qualified medical expenses not covered by their health plans. This webinar will provide an overview of the the new final rules on HRAs and individual coverage HRAs with an emphasis on the proposed rules regarding nondiscrimination and affordability by:

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Learning Events

Compliance Recap - November 2019

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 @ 08:12 AM

November was a busy month in the employee benefits world.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions about Grandfathered Plans - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Nov 26, 2019 @ 09:11 AM

As employers determine their plan designs for the coming year, those with grandfathered status need to decide if maintaining grandfathered status is their best option. The following are some frequently asked questions and answers about grandfathering a group health plan.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Webinar: What Employers Need to Know About IRS Reporting in 2020

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 08:11 AM

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's reporting requirements are rapidly approaching for employers with group health plans or with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees. This webinar will provide an overview of the reporting process, what we learned from earlier rounds of reporting, and how employers should be tracking employees.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Learning Events

Update on Nondiscrimination Regulations Relating to Sex, Gender, Age and More

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Nov 14, 2019 @ 11:11 AM

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557 provides that individuals shall not be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any health program or activity which receives federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap - October 2019

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Nov 7, 2019 @ 08:11 AM

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

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits