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American Health Care Act Update – ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn

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 could not secure enough votes to approve the legislation, which was scheduled to be voted on that day. As a result, the [...]

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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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ACA Reporting for 2016: Educating Employees About Form 1095-C and Form 1095-B

In order to meet the 2016 Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements, many employers had to put forth effort to meet two key deadlines: Filing with the IRS: February 28, 2017 (or March 31, 2017 if filing electronically). Distributing Form 1095-C documents to Employees: March 2, 2017 However, an additional step that employers may need [...]

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Medicare Part D Disclosure to CMS: March 1, 2017 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, 2017, this year’s deadline is [...]

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2018 Employee Benefits Cost-Sharing Limits Released

On December 16, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018. This rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable for the 2018 benefit year. This includes details regarding the annual limitations on cost-sharing. The ACA requires the [...]

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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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Updated Version of Form I-9 Released

On November 14th, 2016, an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9 Form) was released. Employers will be allowed to continue using the current form (which was most recently revised in 2013) until January 21, 2017. Employers are thus expected to use the revised form exclusively by January 22, 2017. Form Changes and [...]

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Reminder: New ADA Wellness Program Notice Requirement Effective January 1, 2017

Employers that are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — generally those with 15 or more employees — that offer a wellness program that collects employee health information are reminded that they must provide a new notice to employees as of the first day of the plan year that begins on or after [...]

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