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ACA COMPLIANCE BULLETIN: IRS CONFIRMS ACA PAY OR PLAY PENALTIES STILL APPLY

OVERVIEW The IRS Office of Chief Counsel recently released an information letter regarding the employer shared responsibility (pay or play) penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This information […]
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COMPLIANCE UPDATE: OPEN ENROLLMENT 2020 BENEFIT NOTICES

Employers that sponsor group health plans should provide certain benefit notices in connection with their plans’ open enrollment periods. Some of these notices must be provided at open enrollment […]
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COMPLIANCE BULLETIN: FEDERAL AGENCIES FINALIZE RESOURCES FOR MENTAL HEALTH PARITY COMPLIANCE

OVERVIEW The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury (Departments) have finalized resources to promote compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). […]
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5 THINGS TO REMEMBER AS OPEN ENROLLMENT SEASON APPROACHES

Open Enrollment season is upon us. For many human resources professionals, that statement sends chills down the spine, and that’s completely understandable as it can be a stressful time […]
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ACA Compliance Bulletin: IRS Expands Preventive Care for HDHPs to Include Chronic Conditions

OVERVIEW On July 17, 2019, the IRS released Notice 2019-45 to add care for a range of chronic conditions to the list of preventive care benefits that can be […]
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Healthcare Compliance Bulletin: California Enacts State Individual Mandate

OVERVIEW On June 28, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a state budget for 2019-2020 that establishes a state individual mandate, effective Jan. 1, 2020. This state-based […]
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Compliance Overview: CONNECTICUT ENACTS PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE LAW

OVERVIEW On June 25, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed Public Act 19-25 into law, establishing a statewide paid family and medical leave program. This new paid family leave […]
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Compliance Overview: Final Rules – Two New HRA Options for 2020

The Department of the Treasury, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services (the Departments) have jointly released the final expanded Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) […]
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HHS Releases FAQs Regarding HIPAA Right of Access as it Relates to Health and Wellness Apps

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a set of FAQs from the Office of Civil Rights. These FAQs are meant to address the Health Insurance […]
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News Brief: PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER INTENDED TO INCREASE HEALTH CARE PRICE TRANSPARENCY

On Monday, June 24, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an executive order designed to increase pricing and quality transparency in health care. The president’s executive order is the latest […]
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