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Health Savings Accounts & High Deductible Health Plans – 2015 Dollar Amounts

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Benefits Compliance, HRAs & HSAs, Laws, Regulations & FAQs  /  No Comments

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IRS Rev. Proc 2014-30 (April 23, 2014) increases the Health Savings Account (H.S.A.) maximum annual contribution for 2015 by $50 for individuals and $100 for families.

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Insurers Offering Coverage to Opposite-Sex Spouses Must Offer Same to Same-Sex Spouses

By   /  March 21, 2014  /  Benefits Compliance, Health Care Reform  /  Comments Off

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Health insurance issuers who offer coverage to opposite-sex spouses must offer policyholders the option to offer coverage to same-sex spouses on the same terms and conditions.

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March 1st Deadline for Calendar Year Plans to Notify CMS of Medicare Part D Notices

By   /  February 10, 2014  /  Benefits Compliance, Health Care Reform, Notices & Disclosures (Sample forms), Reporting & Disclosure, Reporting Requirements  /  Comments Off

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Health plan sponsors must notify the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) within 60 days from the beginning of the plan or policy year as to whether their group health plan prescription…

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Dec 1 Early Renewal Plans have Jan 29 Deadline to Notify CMS of Medicare Part D Notices

By   /  January 21, 2014  /  Benefits Compliance, Notices & Disclosures (Sample forms), Reporting & Disclosure, Reporting Requirements  /  Comments Off

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For small group plans that renewed early on December 1, 2013, the deadline for online notice to CMS regarding Medicare Part D creditable coverage and notices will be January 29, 2014, rather than March 1.

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IRS Changes “Use-It-Or-Lose-It” Rule to allow $500 Annual Carryover in Health FSAs

By   /  October 31, 2013  /  Benefits Compliance, Health Care Reform, Laws, Regulations & FAQs  /  2 Comments

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The IRS issued Notice 2013-71 modifying the longstanding “use-or-lose” rule for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs).

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Employer Action Required! Distribute Medicare Part D Notices by October 15th

By   /  September 13, 2013  /  Benefits Compliance, Health Care Reform, Notices & Disclosures (Sample forms), Reporting & Disclosure, Reporting Requirements  /  Comments Off

HCR Provisions by type and size of plan

Group health plan sponsors must provide Medicare Part D “creditable coverage” notices prior to October 15th, the start date of the Medicare annual enrollment period for Part D, Prescription Drug coverage.

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Alert! September 23 Compliance Date for Final HIPAA Rule

By   /  September 10, 2013  /  Benefits Compliance, HIPAA, Laws, Regulations & FAQs  /  Comments Off

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September 23, 2013 is the deadline by which group health plans and business associates must comply with the HIPAA Final Rules that were published January 25th of this year. Two of the action items include updating the Notice of Privacy Practices (NOPP) and the Business Associate Agreements (BAAs).

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IRS Issues Tax Guidance Recognizing Same-Sex Spouses

By   /  August 30, 2013  /  Benefits Compliance, Laws, Regulations & FAQs, Taxes, Fees & Penalties  /  Comments Off

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The IRS issued initial guidance on August 29, 2013, specifying that same-sex married couples will be treated the same as opposite-sex married couples for all federal tax purposes, if they were legally married in states that recognized same-sex marriage.

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Summary of Same-Sex Marriage; Domestic Partnerships; Civil Unions; and Common Law Marriage in the United States

By   /  July 22, 2013  /  Benefits Compliance  /  Comments Off

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The US Supreme Court’s decision ruling the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, could potentially alter the landscape on rights granted to same-sex couples.

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US Supreme Court Invalidates DOMA and Upholds Constitutionality of Same-Sex Marriage

By   /  June 26, 2013  /  Benefits Compliance  /  Comments Off

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Today (June 26, 2013), the US Supreme Court issued groundbreaking 5-4 decisions in two separate cases involving the rights of same-sex couples. In the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case (Windsor v US) the court held the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional on the grounds it violates the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.  […]

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