Archive for ACA’ Category

FAQ text concept on green blackboard with hand
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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The New HSA Under Trump’s Proposed Health Plan
Dec

14

2016

The New HSA Under Trump’s Proposed Health Plan

With the election of a new President, health care plans and the fate of the Affordable Care Act are a hot topic of discussion. As part of his 7-tier health plan, President-Elect Donald Trump has proposed a shift in the way health savings accounts (HSAs) are offered to working Americans. Simply put, an HSA is a savings account for medical expenses. They are tax advantaged…

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What Employers Can Expect from the Trump Administration
Nov

15

2016

What Employers Can Expect from the Trump Administration

  The U.S. Presidential race win by Donald Trump will impact labor, employment, and HR professionals in the key issues of immigration, paid leave, tax reform, and health care. Significant Shift in Immigration Policy Trump has been vocal about his stance on immigration in regard to deportation and illegal immigration. He also seeks to strengthen U.S. jobs, wages, and security through the nationwide use of…

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Employer FYI: Individual Mandate Requirements and Proposed Regulations
Nov

9

2016

Employer FYI: Individual Mandate Requirements and Proposed Regulations

Though employers are not required to educate employees about their individual responsibilities under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is helpful to know about the individual mandate. The individual responsibility requirement (also known as the individual mandate) became effective for most people as of January 1, 2014. Under the individual mandate, most people residing in the U.S. are required to have minimum…

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Reporting Minimum Essential Coverage
Oct

7

2016

Reporting Minimum Essential Coverage

Minimum essential coverage (MEC) is the type of coverage that an individual must have under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers that are subject to the ACA’s shared responsibility provisions (often called “play or pay”) must offer MEC coverage that is affordable and provides minimum value.In the fall of 2015 the IRS issued Notice 2015-68 stating it was planning to propose regulations…

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Transitional Reinsurance (TRP) Contribution Form Due November 15
Oct

6

2016

Transitional Reinsurance (TRP) Contribution Form Due November 15

On October 3, 2016, federal officials posted the 2016 Transitional Reinsurance Program Annual Enrollment Contributions Form that health insurers and self-funded plan sponsors (employers) will use to make required payments under the Transitional Reinsurance Program (TRP). The 2016 report is due no later than November 15, 2016.BackgroundThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits insurers from rejecting applicants based on their health status or pre-existing conditions. To…

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The FLSA Overtime Changes and Their Impact on Employee Benefits
Sep

22

2016

The FLSA Overtime Changes and Their Impact on Employee Benefits

Most employers should be reviewing payroll budgets and job descriptions to ensure that changes to salaries and job classifications are all in order by the December 1 deadline based on the new overtime exempt salary threshold and other final rule changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Another area that will be impacted by these changes and needs review now is employee benefits.Review NowThis…

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Compliance Recap | Kainos Partners
Jul

15

2016

Compliance Recap | Kainos Partners

June 2016June was another quiet month for federal agencies in relation to employee benefits. A tri-agency proposed rule regarding expatriate health plans, excepted benefits, and essential health benefits was released.UBA UpdatesUBA’s Human Resources department released a checklist and advisor on new OSHA requirements:OSHA Reporting Changes: Employer ChecklistOSHA’s Final Rule on Electronic Tracking of Workplace Injuries and IllnessUBA updated existing guidance:HRAs, HSAs, and Health FSAs- What’s…

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Affordability Safe Harbors May Not Be As Safe with New Overtime Exemption Rules
Jul

7

2016

Affordability Safe Harbors May Not Be As Safe with New Overtime Exemption Rules

By Carol Taylor Director of Compliance and Health Plan Collaborative, D & S Agency, A UBA Partner FirmThe new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime exemption rules increase the salary threshold from $23,660 a year to $47,476 annually, beginning December 1, 2016. This means that employees earning less than the threshold can no longer be considered salaried and exempt from overtime pay.While the DOL has indicated…

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