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

    On 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…
  • 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). As background, the PCORI…
  • Considerations When Putting Opt-Out Provisions in Place for Health Benefits

    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…
  • IRS Adjusts 2018 HSA Contributions limit—Again

    The 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…