August Compliance Recap

Compliance Recap August 2017 August was a quiet month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its 2018 affordability rate, four information letters regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and its draft Forms 1094 and 1095. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) increased the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act […]

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The COBRA Payment Process

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) allows qualified beneficiaries who lose health benefits due to a qualifying event to continue group health benefits. The COBRA payment process is subject to various rules in terms of grace periods, notification, premium payment methods, and treatment of insignificant shortfalls. Grace Periods The initial premium payment […]

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Compliance Recap // June 2017

June was an active month in the employee benefits world. The U.S. Senate released a draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 which would substitute the U.S. House Resolution 1628 that aimed to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The U.S. Supreme Court decided an ERISA church plan […]

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IRS Updates

IRS Updates Health Coverage Affordability Calculation for Individuals for 2018 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-36, adjusting the calculation determining whether an individual can afford employer-sponsored health coverage, which affects whether the individual would be eligible for a premium tax credit on the public health exchanges. This could affect employers who are […]

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IRS Memo on Fixed Indemnity Health Plan Benefits Tax Treatment

On January 20, 2017, the IRS released a Memorandum on the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed indemnity health plans that addresses two questions: Are payments to an employee under an employer-provided fixed indemnity health plan excludible from the employee’s income under Internal Revenue Code §105? Are payments to an employee under an employer-provided […]

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