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Posted October 7th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued draft reporting forms for the purpose of filing information necessary to enforce the Employer Mandate. The 2020 draft version of the applicable forms can be found below (with finalized versions expected to be released later this year):

Draft version of Form 1095-C

Posted September 30th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) requires employers with 20 or more employees to offer continuation coverage under a group health plan for periods of 18, 29 or 36 months depending on the qualifying event.

Posted September 22nd, 2020 in Producers

Flex is excited to announce the launch of the Bentegro benefits platform. Bentegro is a comprehensive online benefits platform that has true end-to-end capabilities and serves as a central point between carriers, brokers, employers, and employees.

Posted September 16th, 2020 in Producers

We are just about one month away from the start of a wave of open enrollment periods (OEPs). October 15th marks the start of the OEP season for Medicare with other OEPs in the individual and group markets following shortly thereafter. The below information summarizes some key dates and information as it relates to the upcoming OEPs.

Posted September 1st, 2020 in Employers, Producers

Each year employers must provide a written notice to Medicare-eligible employees who are covered under their group health plan. The notice must include information about the creditable coverage status of the prescription drug benefit. In other words, the notice tells employees if the prescription drug benefit on the group health plan is at least as good as the standard Medicare Part D plan.

Posted August 26th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

A date is finally set for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to once again rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Oral arguments are expected to be heard on November 10, 2020, just one week after the presidential election.

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