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The State of the Union Address and the Employee Benefits Market

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, President Donald Trump delivered the 2020 State of the Union Address (SOTU). The SOTU is an annual message delivered by the president to a […]
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Compliance Update: House & Senate Pass Spending Bill That Would Repeal Some ACA Taxes

The Federal Spending Bill has now passed both the House and the Senate. The next step is the President to sign it into law, which he is expected to do. In […]
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Final Forms for ACA Reporting Released

Overview On Dec. 9, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final 2019 forms and instructions for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. 2019 Forms […]
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ACA COMPLIANCE BULLETIN: PROPOSED RULE ON THE IMPACT OF ICHRAs ON THE ACA’S PAY OR PLAY RULES

OVERVIEW Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, some employers will be able to offer individual coverage HRAs (ICHRAs) to help employees pay for individual health insurance. ICHRAs were established by a […]
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Compliance Overview: Key HSA Features – 2020 Compliance

Health savings accounts (HSAs) are a popular type of tax-advantaged medical savings account available to individuals enrolled in high deductible health plans (HDHPs). Individuals can use their HSAs to […]
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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 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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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 Bulletin: HSA / HDHP Limits Increase for 2020

OVERVIEW On May 28, 2019, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2019-25 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2020. […]
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