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Posted April 6th, 2022 in Employers, Individuals

The penalty for failing to comply with Cafeteria Plan rules identified in Internal Revenue Code Section 125 can be severe. The penalties can include the application of income taxes against participants who otherwise thought they were electing non-taxable benefits, the application of employment taxes against participants and the employer, and penalties for failing to withhold and report taxes appropriately, among other things.

Posted March 31st, 2022 in Individuals

Grandmothered plans are the name commonly used for health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets that were issued after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law (March 23, 2010) and before the so-called full implementation date of the law (January 1, 2014).

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in Individuals

Many types of telemedicine coverage eliminate the ability for a person enrolled in a qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) to make contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA).

Posted March 18th, 2022 in Employers, Individuals

President Jospeh Biden has issued an executive order instructing the Department of Treasury (DOT) to review regulations that pertain to subsidy eligibility on the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace). The primary purpose of the executive order is to determine if regulatory changes can be made to fix the so-called “family glitch.”

Posted March 8th, 2022 in Individuals

Non-grandfathered health plans (i.e., health plans issued on or after March 23, 2010) are required to cover innetwork preventive services at 100% with no cost-sharing to a member. This is a requirement that was imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The preventive services that must be covered are specified by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Posted March 7th, 2022 in Employers, Individuals

The COVID-19 national emergency was set to expire on March 1, 2022; however, President Joseph Biden issued an extension of the national emergency on February 18, 2022. It is unknown at this time when the national emergency will be declared over.

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