Frequently Asked Questions about Employees’ Reduction in Hours

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The Section 125 cafeteria plan regulations and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) require employers to take certain actions when an employee reduces hours. Below are answers to some common questions. Coverage During a Stability Period Q1: An employer has an employee who is reducing hours below 30 hours per week. The employee […]

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SBC Template and Required Addendums for Covered Entities under ACA Section 1557

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Updated March 2017 A Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) is four page (double-sided) communication required by the federal government. It must contain specific information, in a specific order, and with a minimum size type, about a group health benefit’s coverage and limitations. If an employer providing an SBC is a covered entity under the […]

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ACA – Employer Mandate Reporting Reminder

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The following applies to employer groups that are considered Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for the 2015 calendar year and subject to ACA Employer Mandate reporting for 2016. MARCH 2, 2017: ACA Forms 1095-C to Employees Applicable Large Employers must submit Forms 1095-C to employees no later than March 2, 2017. FEBRUARY 28, 2017 or MARCH […]

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Executive Order from President Trump on the ACA

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On Friday, January 20, 2017, President Trump signed his first Executive Order, titled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” The Executive Order instructs the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies with authority, or […]

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21st Century Cures Act

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On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The Cures Act has numerous components, but employers should be aware of the impact the Act will have on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, as well as provisions that will impact how small employers can use health reimbursement […]

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ACA Reporting Changes – What You Need to Know

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This blog post is compliments of HR Service, Inc. (www.HRServiceInc.com). To learn more about HR Service, Inc. contact your Team BIM representative today. The Patient Protect and Affordability Care Act (“PPACA”) imposed strict, somewhat confusing reporting requirements last year which proved to be challenging for many organizations. In this bulletin, we focus on recent and […]

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The ACA deadline is approaching FAST!! Are you READY?

Have you decided how you will handle ACA reporting? If not, time is running out! Most third party vendors have a 10/31 or 11/1 deadline for new service. Reporting is due to employees by 1/31/17! No extension as of today.  If you need assistance or have questions, contact your BIM representative today!    

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Enforcement Relief Extension for Higher Education Institutions Offering Student Premium Reduction Arrangements

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On October 21, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released an FAQ to extend enforcement relief for higher education institutions offering premium reduction arrangements to its students. Background The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits group health plans from having […]

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