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  • IRS Addresses Complications with HSA and Male Sterilization/Contraceptives

    05/30/2018 | United Healthcare

    By 2020, the IRS stated that in certain states where the state requires coverage of male sterilization or male contraceptives, men will not be able to contribute to an HSA. This is because the plans that cover these services won’t meet the definition of a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). For more information on male sterilization’s impact on HSAs, click on the link below.


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  • Agencies Issue Guidance on Mental Health Parity Issues, Signal Enhanced Enforcement

    05/23/2018 | ProSential

    Washington-DC-(3).jpegOn April 23, 2018, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services released several pieces of guidance on issues arising under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), including 2017 enforcement actions, guidance on mental health parity implementation, and an action plan for enhanced enforcement in 2018.
     


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  • PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2018

    05/16/2018 | Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP

    PCORI-LOGO.jpgEmployers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2018 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). As background, the PCORI was established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to conduct research to evaluate the effectiveness of medical treatments, procedures and strategies that treat, manage, diagnose or prevent illness or injury.


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  • Considerations When Putting Opt-Out Provisions in Place for Health Benefits

    05/09/2018 | HRWS

    For employers who are considering providing opt-out payments to employees for waiving medical coverage, there are Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules that must be followed.  The IRS rules provide that opt-out payments are treated differently when they are conditional as opposed to unconditional.  Explanations of conditional and unconditional opt-out payments will be provided below.


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  • IRS Adjusts 2018 HSA Contributions limit—Again

    05/02/2018 | ProSential

    BLOG-May-2-2018.jpegThe IRS has announced it is modifying the annual limitation on deductions for contributions to a health savings account (“HSA”) allowed for taxpayers with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (“HDHP”) for the 2018 calendar year. Under Rev. Proc. 2018-27, taxpayers will be allowed to treat $6,900 as the annual limitation, rather than the $6,850 limitation announced in Rev. Proc. 2018-18 earlier this year.


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  • Throwback Thursday: Camera-ready city on the North Coast

    04/26/2018 | Fedeli Factor-2016

    Cleveland is Believeland, proclaims The New York Times in the headline of an article published in early summer. The headline plays on the coronation of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs as NBA champions, but the author also promotes the region as a destination worth exploring.


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  • Throwback Thursday-Constructive Criticism, Be direct, but remember to be respectful

    04/26/2018 | Umberto P. Fedeli, Smart Business-January 2017

    We all learn from others. We learn by watching the way others lead, the way they conduct business. We learn from their successes — what worked. We learn from their mistakes, or at least we should. Along those lines, I’m always asking the questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?


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  • IRS Releases Guidelines & FAQs with Paid Family Leave Act

    04/26/2018 | Dan Mackewicz & IRS

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law last December included a new section called the “Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave”. This is a new business tax credit for employers that offer paid family and medical leave. The credit is available to both employers that are subject to FMLA requirements, as well as those employers that are not subject to FMLA, but offer similar protections to their employees.


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  • EEOC's Status Report in AARP v. EEOC Creates Uncertainty for Wellness Programs

    04/19/2018 | Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP

    BLOG-April-2018-EEOC-v-AARP-(3).jpegIn its March 30 status report to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) v. EEOC, the EEOC stated that “it does not currently have plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing incentives for participation in employee wellness programs by a particular date certain, but it also has not ruled out the possibility that it may issue such a Notice in the future.”  


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  • Drug Trend Report 2017

    04/11/2018 | CVS Health

    CVS-LOGO.PNGAs we proceed through the year, The Fedeli Group is committed to keeping you informed on industry trends and carrier performance. CVS Health, a major player in the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) industry recently released their annual Drug Trend Report. Among the highlights presented were the following:


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