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PCORI Fees Due by July 31, 2017

Under the Affordable Care Act, certain employers have an annual obligation to pay the PCORI fee. Generally, this fee applies to employers that have a self-insured group health plan and to employers that have a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) alongside their fully-insured group health plan. Sponsors of any applicable plans that ended in 2016 must [...]

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House Passes Changes to Overtime Rules

On May 2, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (also known as H.R. 1180). H.R. 1180 still needs approval from the Senate and the executive branch before it becomes law. However, to help our clients understand how this Act may potentially impact their business, we encourage you to log-in to [...]

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ACA Compliance Update: Affordability Percentages Will Decrease for 2018

Under the ACA, employees (and their family members) who are eligible for coverage under an affordable employer-sponsored plan are generally not eligible for the premium tax credit. The ACA provides that employer-sponsored coverage is considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does not exceed a specific percentage of the employee’s household income [...]

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IRS Announces HSA/HDHP Limits for 2018

On May 5, 2017, the IRS announced the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2018. The following chart highlights the updated limits: If you need assistance updating your plan designs and/or employee communication materials to reflect this change in the months to come, please contact our team [...]

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House Passes ACA ‘Repeal and Replace’ Bill; Senate to Begin Deliberations

In a first step toward potentially repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act on May 4, 2017. The bill will now be sent to the Senate. It is likely that the Senate will make changes to the proposed legislation before taking a vote. Until [...]

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New Expiration Date for Health Insurance Exchange Notice is April 30, 2017

Has your company been meeting its compliance requirement to distribute the Health Insurance Exchange Notice to new hires? If so, please note that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has once again extended the effective date of its model notice. The revised version of the notice now has an expiration date [...]

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American Health Care Act Update – ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn

UPDATE: On May 4, 2017, the the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act. Click here to read more. On March 24, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act — their proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). House Republicans [...]

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Electronic Filing Deadline for 2016 ACA Information Returns Approaching

While discussion regarding a replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to move forward, applicable employers are still under obligation to meet the ACA’s reporting requirements for 2016. Employers that will be filing electronically with the IRS have an upcoming deadline to pay attention to. Below is a brief overview: Applicable large employers [...]

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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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New Expiration Date for Health Insurance Exchange Notices

To help your company meet its compliance requirements, we’d like to inform you that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has extended the effective date of its model Health Insurance Exchange Notices through March 31, 2017. Previously, these model notices expired on February 28, 2017. Employers may click here to download [...]

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