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Posted January 4th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The deadline to make HSA contributions for the 2016 tax year is April 18, 2017. The deadline would normally be April 15th, which is the usual deadline to file federal tax returns, but that day falls on a Saturday this year so the IRS has announced they will allow a few extra days to submit 2016 tax returns. 
 
Posted December 30th, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Last week, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (collectively the “Departments”) issued new guidance as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to evolve.
 
 The guidance has been summarized into three different categories shown below:
 
1. Group Health Plans
 
Posted December 20th, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The health insurance industry saw quite the year in 2016. Here are some of the highlights:
 
  1. ACA reporting had to be submitted for the first time which was an administrative struggle for several employers, but most were able to find a way to get it completed.
     
  2. Several Co-Ops, including Land of Lincoln Health, were forced to shut down due to solvency problems. 
     
  3. Most insurers reduced or eliminated commissions on the sale of individual health insurance plans as a result of profit losses.
     
Posted December 13th, 2016 in Producers, Employers

Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex) is excited to tell you about the 21st Century Cures Act which was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016. While the law primarily focuses on healthcare innovations and enhancing medical research, it also created a new type of Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), referred to as a "Qualified Small Employer HRA."

Posted December 5th, 2016 in Producers, Employers
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that is being referred to as the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill is expected to be taken up by the Senate this week, and the belief is the Senate will pass it as well. If passed by the Senate, it appears President Obama would sign the bill into law. 
 
Posted November 30th, 2016 in Producers, Employers
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-70 on November 18, 2016 which provides some relief to insurers, employers and other entities subject to ACA reporting requirements under Code Section 6055 and 6056. The Notice does not extend the due date of the filing requirement for the 2016 year, but it does extend the due date in which copies of the reporting forms must be provided to employees and individuals. The due dates are now as follows: