Archive for ACA’ Category

Keeping Pace with the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

22

2017

Keeping Pace with the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act | Houston Benefit Advisors

Last fall, President Barack Obama signed the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act (PACE), which preserved the historical definition of small employer to mean an employer that employs 1 to 50 employees. Prior to this newly signed legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was set to expand the definition of a small employer to include companies with 51 to 100 employees (mid-size segment) beginning January…

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Cafeteria Plans: Qualifying Events and Changing Employee Elections | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

18

2017

Cafeteria Plans: Qualifying Events and Changing Employee Elections | Houston Benefit Advisors

Cafeteria plans, or plans governed by IRS Code Section 125, allow employers to help employees pay for expenses such as health insurance with pre-tax dollars. Employees are given a choice between a taxable benefit (cash) and two or more specified pre-tax qualified benefits, for example, health insurance. Employees are given the opportunity to select the benefits they want, just like an individual standing in the…

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The IRS Clarifies Tax Treatment of Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

15

2017

The IRS Clarifies Tax Treatment of Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans | Houston Benefit Advisors

While many Americans will remember January 20, 2017 as the day the 45th President of the United States was sworn into office, employee benefits experts will also remember it as the day the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) released this memorandum that clarifies, among other things, the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed-indemnity plans. Fixed indemnity plans are generally voluntary benefits employers offer…

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Implications of the 21st Century Cures Act | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

7

2017

Implications of the 21st Century Cures Act | Houston Benefit Advisors

On December 13, 2016, former 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 arrangements (HRAs). There will also be new guidance for…

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President Trump Makes First Moves Towards ACA Repeal – What Employers and Plan Sponsors Should Know Now | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

1

2017

President Trump Makes First Moves Towards ACA Repeal – What Employers and Plan Sponsors Should Know Now | Houston Benefit Advisors

Last Friday, one of President Donald Trump’s first actions in office was to make good on a campaign promise to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He issued Executive Order 13765, Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal. The one-page executive order (EO) is effective immediately and very light on details, with the goal to…

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Written 2017 With Fireworks In The Night Sky
Jan

18

2017

2017: What HR Can Do to Prepare for a Big Year of Change

Employers saw unprecedented changes to human resources management in 2016, including Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance, new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, parental leave laws and a push for equal pay. With a new year and a new president taking office, 2017 is sure to usher in some major changes and HR challenges that could have significant impact on businesses large and small. Here…

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Making Sense of Form 1095 Minimum Essential Coverage Reporting
Jan

13

2017

Making Sense of Form 1095 Minimum Essential Coverage Reporting

In a few weeks, a second season of shared responsibility reporting will begin. For some of you, last year’s inaugural year of reporting may have felt eerily similar to Lewis Carroll’s famous book. You know the one. It included a little girl falling down a dark hole, a rabbit frantically checking his watch and a lot of other crazy characters. Now that you have the…

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Federal Employment Law Update – January 2017
Jan

7

2017

Federal Employment Law Update – January 2017

FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 35 On December 20, 2016, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing special enrollment for group health plans, coverage of preventive services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements. The FAQs were prepared jointly by the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Health and Human Services…

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Dec

30

2016

Officials Provide New ACA Guidance in FAQ #35

On December 20, 2016, federal officials released FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 35 (FAQ #35) in an ongoing series of informal guidance regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This FAQ addresses several topics: Special enrollment rules. Preventive services. Qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements. A summary of the key points from FAQ #35 follows. Special Enrollment Rules Group health plans are subject to…

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New Law Allows Small Employers to Pay Premiums for Individual Policies
Dec

16

2016

New Law Allows Small Employers to Pay Premiums for Individual Policies

This week, the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act which includes a provision allowing small businesses to offer a new type of health reimbursement arrangement for their employees’ health care expenses, including individual insurance premiums. The act was previously passed by the House and President Obama is expected to sign it shortly. The provision for Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRAs), a…

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