Medicare Part D Notice Due by October 14, 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Sep 13, 2021 @ 09:09 AM

The Center for Medicare/Medicaid Service (CMS) requires employers to provide an annual “Notice of Creditable Coverage” to all Medicare-eligible employees and their beneficiaries, or ALL employees if you do not track Medicare-eligibility, before October 15 of this year.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Six Employer Questions to Answer Before Imposing a Surcharge on Unvaccinated Workers

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Sep 7, 2021 @ 09:09 AM

Many employers are struggling to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among their workforce, concerned not only about both the safety of the workforce but also the costs of COVID-19 treatment that could be avoided through vaccination.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Engagement, COVID-19

Webinar: Best Practices for Handling IRS ACA Penalty Letters

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Aug 27, 2021 @ 11:08 AM

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
2:00 p.m. Eastern

The Affordable Care Act requires that applicable large employers (ALEs) provide minimum essential coverage to eligible employees, which is enforced by the IRS based on information reported in IRS Forms 1094 and 1095. In response to Form filings, the IRS may issue Letter 226J, which is an initial penalty letter assessing liability for the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment (ESRP).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, Learning Events

Compliance Recap - July 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 @ 10:08 AM

 

July 2021 was a quiet month in the benefits industry, largely due to the summer vacation season and the July 4th Independence Day holiday. Importantly, however, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, along with the Office of Personnel Management, issued an interim final rule (IFR).

 

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

DOL Requires Disclosure of Audio Recordings Under ERISA Claims Procedure

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Aug 2, 2021 @ 09:08 AM

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued Information Letter 06-14-2021 in which the DOL opined that audio recordings of a conversation between a participant and plan representative, and transcripts of the recordings, are subject to disclosure during the claims adjudication process under ERISA Section 503.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Webinar: The No Surprises Act Interim Final Rules

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jul 29, 2021 @ 11:07 AM

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
2:00 p.m. Eastern

On July 1, 2021, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, along with the Office of Personnel Management (collectively, the “Departments”), issued an interim final rule (IFR) to explain provisions of the No Surprises Act (the Act) that passed as part of sweeping COVID-19 relief legislation signed in December 2020.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

No Surprise Billing Interim Final Regulations - Part 1

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jul 27, 2021 @ 09:07 AM

On July 1, 2021, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, along with the Office of Personnel Management (collectively, the Departments), issued an interim final rule (IFR) to explain provisions of the No Surprises Act (the Act) that passed as part of sweeping COVID-19 relief legislation signed in December 2020.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Compliance Recap - June 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jul 19, 2021 @ 09:07 AM

June 2021 was not a busy month in the benefits industry, largely due to the summer vacation season and the Independence Day holiday. Importantly, however, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, Compliance Recap

Webinar: Legal Considerations in Safely Returning to Work

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jun 29, 2021 @ 09:06 AM

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
2:00 p.m. Eastern

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in workplace closures for over a year. Due to the increase in vaccinations and declining infection rates, many states are lifting stay-at-home and business closure mandates so that the country can return to business as usual. To assist employers in office re-opening, this webinar will address the following issues:

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Learning Events, COVID-19

Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jun 21, 2021 @ 09:06 AM

On June 17, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) by a 7-to-2 vote. The Court heard oral arguments in the case, California v. Texas, on November 10, 2020, which was a consolidation of 20 cases filed by state attorneys general and governors.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits