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 [...]Continue Reading →
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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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
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: [...]Continue Reading →
On December 22, 2017, the IRS issued a notice that primarily impacts applicable large employers. Specifically, the notice: Extends the due date for furnishing Form 1095-C for 2017 to individuals from Jan. 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018 Extends good-faith transition relief from penalties related to 2017 information reporting under Section 6056 The notice does [...]Continue Reading →
Effective January 1, 2018, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is rolling out a new SmartShopper program. It will be available to employer groups that self-fund their health insurance benefits. Under the program, employees can earn up to $250 in cash rewards per procedure when they shop for and get care from lower cost, quality [...]Continue Reading →