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Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution Supplement (EMAC) Information

Beginning in 2018, Massachusetts has implemented a new Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) Supplement fee that may impact many employers. Generally speaking, an employer may be assessed a penalty if they have any employees that are enrolled in MassHealth (excluding the premium assistance program) or the subsidized coverage plan through the Massachusetts ConnectorCare program. April [...]

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IRS Announces 2018 HSA Contribution Limit Changes

On March 5, 2018, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-18, which recalculates a number of cost of living increases for calendar year 2018. The main change that may impact many employers is as follows: The maximum family Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limit for 2018 has been lowered to $6,850. This number had previously been [...]

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Massachusetts Employers Face New EMAC Health Assessment Fee

Starting January 1, 2018, employers in Massachusetts will be subject to the new Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) supplement fee. This fee generally applies to employers with 6 or more employees in Massachusetts. It primarily targets employers with employees who are enrolled in MassHealth or in subsidized ConnectorCare coverage. In November 2017, proposed regulations were released. These regulations: [...]

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Draft Forms for 2017 ACA Reporting Released

On July 28, 2017, the IRS released draft versions of the forms that employers will use to report on the health insurance coverage they offered in 2017. Generally, most applicable employers will use Form 1094-C and Form 1095-C to meet their reporting obligation under the Affordable Care Act. Below are links to the draft versions [...]

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House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills

Update: On March 24, 2017, House Republican leaders withdrew the legislation this is discussed in this article before it could be voted on. On March 6, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued two bills that are collectively known as the American Health Care Act. The purpose of the Act is to [...]

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Massachusetts Employment Law Update: 2017 Transit Benefits Exclusion Amounts

For 2017, Massachusetts has issued a Technical Information Release regarding the personal income tax exclusion amounts for employer-provided parking, transit pass, and commuter highway vehicle benefits allowed to employees. The Massachusetts monthly exclusion amounts for taxable years beginning in 2017 are: $255 for employer-provided parking $135 for combined transit pass and commuter highway vehicle transportation [...]

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Final Forms and Instructions for 2016 ACA Reporting Released

On September 30th, 2016, the IRS published final versions of Form 1094-C, Form 1095-C, and the final 2016 Instructions. Generally, these forms will be used by employers to report offers of health insurance coverage made to their full-time employees during the 2016 calendar year. There were only minor changes made to the 2016 version of [...]

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