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  • Tracking 2019 Premium Changes on ACA Exchanges

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers who plan on modifying plan premiums to submit their rates to either the state or federal government for review. This applies to plans included on state and federal healthcare insurance exchanges.
  • Medical Loss Ratio Rebates Coming Soon To Plan Sponsors

    The Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio (MLR) rules require group health insurance issuers to provide rebates if their MLR—the percentage of health insurance premiums spent on health care and activities to improve health care quality—falls short of…
  • Form I-9 Audits Up Dramatically Since October

    From October 1, 2017-May 4, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted 2,282 Form I-9 audits, up from 1,360 audits from October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017. Given this dramatic increase, employers should take a moment to ensure that their Form I-9…
  • Form 5500 Filing Deadline for Many Health Plans is July 31st

    Group health plan administrators are reminded that Form 5500 must be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by the last day of the seventh month after the plan year ends. For calendar-year plans, that due date falls on July 31.
  • IRS Releases 2019 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

    In Rev. Proc. 2018-30, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2019 relevant to HSAs and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). The ACA’s out-of-pocket limits for in-network essential health benefits have also been announced and have increased for 2019.
  • 9 Things in the Farm Bill That Affect (Almost) Every American

    Trying to watch what you eat? Keep an eye on the New Farm Bill drafted by the House. This legislation aims to change organic food regulations, reduce sugar reform, roll back Obama-era school lunch laws and allow higher levels of pesticides on our foods.
  • Active Shooter Coverage Making Its Way to the Marketplace

    According to The Gun Violence Archive, 346 mass shootings occurred in 2017, causing the issue to catch the attention of risk managers as more entities scramble to deal with the aftermath, states Caroline McDonald, a writer for Risk Management Magazine. While there are…
  • IRS Issues Affordability Percentage Adjustment for 2019

    In Rev. Proc. 2018-34, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2019 relevant to determining whether employer-sponsored coverage is “affordable” for purposes of the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA’s”) employer shared…
  • PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2018

    Employers 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).
  • IRS Addresses Complications with HSA and Male Sterilization/Contraceptives

    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…