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Posted December 12th, 2023 in employer, employee

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) celebrated their 20th birthday last week. HSAs were signed into law on December 8, 2003 by then President George W. Bush. Here are some fun facts about HSAs!

Posted December 6th, 2023 in Employers, Employees

The reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are quickly approaching. Employers subject to the Employer Mandate should prepare to submit Forms 1094-C/1095-C to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 1, 2024. Employers not subject to the Employer Mandate but who offer a self-funded plan, including level funded plans and Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) should be prepared to submit Forms 1094-B/1095-B to the IRS by this same date.

Posted November 29th, 2023 in Employers, Producers

There is a new annual compliance requirement that applies to “plans” and “issuers.” For the avoidance of doubt, the term plan means employer and the term issuer means health insurance carrier.

Each year, employers and health insurance carriers must submit a gag clause prohibition compliance attestation. This will be due by December 31st of each year with the first attestation due by December 31, 2023. So, what does this really mean?

Posted November 13th, 2023 in Employers, Employees, Producers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Revenue Procedure 2023-34 on November 9, 2023. The Revenue Procedure includes the inflation-adjusted 2024 contribution limits for certain employee benefit programs. Below is a summary of some of those contribution limit adjustments.

Posted November 8th, 2023 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires plan sponsors of health and welfare benefit plans (e.g., medical, dental, vision, HRA, FSA) to provide a Summary Plan Description (SPD) to plan participants at certain times. An SPD is a written document that summarizes the material provisions of a plan and describes how the plan operates.

Posted October 31st, 2023 in Employers, Producers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a research institute known as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of PCORI is to help patients and those who care for them make better-informed decisions about healthcare choices. PCORI is funded in part by fees which are charged to health plans. The following information is designed to help employers understand their upcoming payment obligations.




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