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Employee Wellness Newsletter for May 2018

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the May 2018 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. This month’s edition focuses on topics regarding nutrition, distracted driving, and more. The specific articles within the May 2018 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” are: Researchers Link New [...]

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IRS Updates Health Savings Account Family Contribution Limit for 2018 – Back to $6,900

On April 26, 2018, the IRS issued an announcement that impacts the maximum family contribution to a Health Savings Account (HSA). For 2018, taxpayers with family coverage under a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) may treat $6,900 as the maximum deductible HSA contribution. As you may recall: The IRS initially announced in May 2017 that $6,900 [...]

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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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Employee Wellness Newsletter for April 2018

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the April 2018 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. This month’s edition focuses on topics regarding nutrition, distracted driving, and more. The specific articles within the April 2018 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” are: 5 Healthy Snacks [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for March 2018

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the March 2018 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. This month’s edition focuses on topics regarding nutrition, flu season, and the connection between sleep and your health. The specific articles within the March 2018 edition of “Live Well, [...]

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IRS Announces 2018 HSA Contribution Limit Changes

UPDATE: On April 26, 2018, the IRS issued an announcement that once again changed the maximum HSA family contribution limit for 2018. It is now set as $6,900. Click here for more details. On March 5, 2018, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-18, which recalculates a number of cost of living increases for calendar year [...]

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Attorney General Issues Guidance on Massachusetts Pay Equity Legislation

Effective July 1, 2018, a number of significant changes to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act  will start to impact employers. As a brief overview, the changes to the law primarily focus on: Requiring equal pay for comparable work: The new law defines “comparable work” as any work that requires “substantially similar skill, effort and responsibility, and is performed [...]

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Medicare Part D Disclosure to CMS: March 1, 2018 Deadline Reminder

Each year, applicable employers are required to complete an online disclosure with CMS and report whether their health plan’s prescription drug coverage is Medicare Part D creditable or non-creditable. Plan sponsors are required to report 60 days after the start of the plan year. Thus, if you renewed January 1, 2018, this year’s deadline is [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for February 2018

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the February 2018 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. This month’s edition focuses on topics regarding flu season, nutrition, and preventing chronic conditions. The specific articles within the February 2018 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” are: Prevention [...]

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Court Vacates EEOC’s Wellness Rules for 2019

On December 20, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated key provisions of the EEOC’s final rules for employer-sponsored wellness plans. Primarily, these provisions allow employers to offer wellness incentives of up to 30 percent of the cost of health plan coverage. To prevent immediate disruption to employers, the court stayed [...]

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