Patient-Centered Outcomes/Comparative Effectiveness (PCORI) Fee FAQ - Updated 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 @ 09:06 AM

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee initially applied from 2012 to 2019. However, in December 2019, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 extended the fee to 2029.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

2021 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jun 10, 2021 @ 08:06 AM

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee deadline is around the corner. In
Notice 2020-84, the IRS adjusted the applicable dollar amount to be multiplied by the average number of covered lives for purposes of calculating the fee for policy years and plan years that end on or after October 1, 2020, and before October 1, 2021.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap - May 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Jun 9, 2021 @ 10:06 AM

May 2021 was a somewhat busy month in the benefits industry. The absence of a significant amount of agency guidance during the summer months is to be expected. However, the IRS finally issued guidance on the temporary 100% COBRA subsidy mandated by the American Plan Rescue Act of 2021, following guidance issued by the DOL.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

IRS Guidance on Reduction in Hours for COBRA Subsidy Eligibility

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jun 1, 2021 @ 09:06 AM

The IRS recently issued IRS Notice 2021-31 in the form of FAQs, which provides extensive guidance on the COBRA subsidy under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Webinar: Complicated Issues Under the COBRA Subsidy Rules

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, May 25, 2021 @ 09:05 AM

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
2:00 p.m. Eastern

On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued IRS Notice 2021-31 in the form of FAQs, which provides extensive guidance on the COBRA subsidy under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

IRS Guidance on Involuntary Termination for COBRA Subsidy Eligibility

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, May 21, 2021 @ 11:05 AM

On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued IRS Notice 2021-31 in the form of FAQs, which provides extensive guidance on the COBRA subsidy under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Wisdom Workplace Webinar: Today's Lessons, Tomorrow's Workplace - Understanding the Future of Benefits

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, May 19, 2021 @ 10:05 AM

Thursday, June 3, 2021
3:00 p.m. Eastern time

This insightful webinar from The Hartford is an outstanding opportunity to stay on top of the benefit and workplace trends emerging from the pandemic. As a leading provider in Absence, Life, Disability, and Supplemental Health Insurance solutions,

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Learning Events, COVID-19

Compliance Recap - April 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, May 17, 2021 @ 09:05 AM

April was a busy month in the benefits industry, largely due to the temporary 100% COBRA subsidy mandated by the American Plan Rescue Act of 2021 (the ARP).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Wisdom Workplace Webinar: Employee Wellness in 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, May 11, 2021 @ 09:05 AM

Thursday, May 13, 2021
3:00 p.m. Eastern time

2020 has left us with a multitude of changes to the workforce that were unexpected and have resulted in employees experiencing increased health and safety concerns. Overall employee wellness and formal wellness programs are more important than ever as we continue to live during a pandemic and plan for our future.

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Topics: Worksite Wellness, Employee Benefits, Learning Events

Employer Tax Credit for Vaccination Leave

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, May 7, 2021 @ 11:05 AM

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allows small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers, to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19