Category Archives: Employee Benefits

Jan. 7, 2016 – Compliance Observer Alert – Final ACA Market Reform Rules Issued

January 7, 2016 Final ACA Market Reform Rules Issued The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes certain market reforms that apply to group health plans and health insurance issuers in the group and individual markets. On Nov. 18, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) published final regulations […]

May 16, 2014 Compliance Observer – Be on the Lookout for Tax Credit Notices

Be on the Lookout for Tax Credit Notices!  May 16, 2014 Now that open enrollment in the health insurance exchanges (the “Marketplace”) has ended, employers should be on the lookout for Marketplace Tax Credit Notices to indicate if an employee has received a premium tax credit (subsidy) through the Marketplace. The IRS will begin sending […]

April 21, 2014 Compliance Observer – The HIPAA Standard Transaction Requirements: What are they and how do Health Plans Comply?

Download the AssuredPartners NL April 22, 2014 Compliance Observer here: April 22, 2014 Compliance Observer. The HIPAA Standard Transaction Requirements: What are they and how do Health Plans Comply? April 22, 2014 As most employers are aware, the federal government has released a good deal of guidance related to various provisions of the Patient Protection […]

April 16, 2014 Compliance Observer – Final Rules on Health Coverage Reporting Requirements

Final Rules on Health Coverage Reporting Requirements April 16, 2014 In March, the IRS released final regulations on the reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that take effect in 2015. These reports are intended to provide the IRS with information necessary to administer other ACA mandates. According to the IRS, the final information […]

April 4, 2014 Compliance Observer – Annual Deductible Limit Repealed for Small Health Plans

Annual Deductible Limit Repealed for Small Health Plans Source: Zywave/EBIA Checkpoint Congress has passed, and the President has signed, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (Act) into law.   While Medicare is its primary focus, the legislation contains other provisions not directly related to Medicare, including elimination of health care reform’s limitations on annual […]

March 10, 2014 Compliance Observer – Final Rules on ACA Reporting for Employers and Insurers Released

Final Rules on ACA Reporting for Employers and Insurers Released On March 5, 2014 the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (the “Departments”) released advanced copies of the final regulations implementing the ACA reporting requirements for employers and insurers under Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) §6055 and §6066. These final regulations are […]

Feb. 21, 2014 Compliance Observer – Departments Release Final Regulations on the 90-day Waiting Period

Departments Release Final Regulations on the 90-day Waiting Period Source: Zywave The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury have released final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s 90-day waiting period limit. These regulations generally finalize provisions in the proposed regulations which were issued in March 2013, with minimal changes. At the […]

Feb. 11, 2014 Compliance Observer – Treasury Releases Final Rules for the Employer Mandate, Including Another Delay

Download the AssuredPartners NL Feb. 11, 2014 Compliance Observer here: Feb. 11, 2014 Compliance Observer Alert. TREASURY RELEASES FINAL RULES FOR THE EMPLOYER MANDATE – INCLUDING ANOTHER DELAY On Monday, February 10, 2014, the Treasury Department announced final regulations for implementing the Employer Mandate which included another delay. For employers with 100 or more employees, […]

Jan. 27, 2014 Compliance Observer – HIPAA Certification: HHS Proposes Rules and Extends Deadline

Download the AssuredPartners NL Jan. 27, 2014 Compliance Observer here: Jan. 27 Compliance Observer. HIPAA Certification: HHS Proposes Rules and Extends Deadline Source: Zywave The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health plans to certify to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that their data and information systems comply with HIPAA’s electronic transaction standards […]

Dec. 27, 2013 Compliance Observer – IRS Issues Guidance for Cafeteria Plans (including FSAs) and HSAs after Windsor Decision

Download the AssuredPartners NL Dec. 27, 2013 Compliance Observer here: Dec. 27 Compliance Observer Alert. IRS Issues Guidance for Cafeteria Plans (including FSAs) and HSAs after Windsor Decision Source: Zywave The IRS has issued additional guidance on same-sex marriage under the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision. Consistent with the Windsor decision, which invalidated Section 3 of the […]

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