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UPDATE: Non-Calendar Year Health Plans Delayed Effective Date Worksheet

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Employer Mandate, Health Care Reform  /  No Comments

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Do I qualify for the delayed effective date for the Employer Shared Responsibility Requirements under PPACA? Some, but not all, large employers with non-calendar year plans may start complying with Employer Shared Responsibility provisions the first day of the 2015 plan year (rather than January 1, 2015) if certain conditions are met: The employer must […]

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IRS Releases HSA Limits for 2016

By   /  May 18, 2015  /  Health Care Reform, HRAs & HSAs  /  No Comments

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On May 4, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2015-30 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2016. The IRS announced the following limits for 2016:

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Tax Credit Notices from Exchanges to Employers

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  Exchanges, Health Care Reform, Marketplaces  /  No Comments

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Some employers may have already received Tax Credit notices from the Exchanges/Health Insurance Marketplaces. These are not the Exchange Notices that employers gave to all employees by October 1, 2013 and that employers continue to give all new-hires within 14 days of hire.

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UPDATE: AFFORDABILITY under the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions of the ACA

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  Employer Mandate, Health Care Reform  /  No Comments

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This is an update of Leavitt’s article on: Affordability under the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions of the ACA Click here for the PDF of the updated article: 4-29-15 Affordability Safe Harbor under ESR  

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Affordable Care Act: Tracking Information Overview

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  Health Care Reform, Large Employers, Reporting Requirements  /  No Comments

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Affordable Care Act: Tracking Information Overview for Information Reporting provisions & Employer Shared Responsibility provisions There are two separate provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that require a large employer (at least 50 full-time employees and full-time employee equivalents) to track monthly information about the health benefits they offer: Employer Shared Responsibility  (“Employer Mandate”) Information […]

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EHB Benchmark Plans: HHS Issues Updated List

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Essential Health Benefits, Health Care Reform, Small Employers, State-Specific Information  /  No Comments

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HHS (CCIIO) issued a New list – April 8, 2015—of the largest 3 small group insurance products by state

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California SB 128: End-of-Life Option Act

By   /  April 6, 2015  /  Health Care Reform, State-Specific Information  /  No Comments

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California Senate Bill 128 – the End-of-Life Option Act – would allow a terminally ill, mentally competent adult to request a prescription for aid-in-dying medication, which the patient can self-administer when they choose.  An individual has a “terminal illness” if he or she has a medical diagnosis that the illness is expected to result in […]

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Recent Benefits News: January – March 15th

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Health Care Reform, Reporting Requirements, Small Employers  /  No Comments

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A summary of guidance issued in January, February and the first half of March 2015 on Health Care Reform and other benefits topics.

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Reminder: CA Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522) is Effective July 1st

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Health Care Reform, State-Specific Information  /  No Comments

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AB 1522 —the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014—will provide California employees up to three days of paid sick leave per year. It is effective July 1, 2015. This article provides a quick summary of
AB 1522 provisions and addresses questions we have received from clients in the past two months.

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HHS Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016: Items of Interest

By   /  March 13, 2015  /  Health Care Reform, Health Insurance Marketplaces, Minimum Value  /  No Comments

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On February 20, 2015, HHS issued its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016. This article highlights some items that may be of interest to group health plan sponsors, such as the transitional reinsurance fee for 2016, the out-of-pocket maximums for non-HDHP group health plans, and various Rx rules on health insurance issuers.

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