Benefits Buzz

Posted February 19th, 2016 in Producers, Employers

Premium Only Plans (POP) can generally be defined as a type of Cafeteria Plan where the only pre-tax benefit available to employees are for those of insurance premiums. Now, whenever non-taxable benefits are involved, the IRS will usually have some strict rules in place that must be followed. For Cafeteria Plans, these are referred to as non-discrimination rules, and these rules are in place to ensure the plan doesn’t discriminate in favor of highly compensated and/or key employees.

Posted February 12th, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
In most instances an employer can no longer pay or reimburse employees with pre-tax dollars for health coverage that is obtained in the individual market. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued Technical Release 2016-1 in relation to how this rule impacts student health plans.
 
Posted February 5th, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
2016 will be the first year that most Americans will receive a Form 1095. As you would suspect, several people are wondering which forms will be provided and when. Here is some basic information to help answer those questions.  
 
Posted January 29th, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Insurance companies are concerned that some people are abusing the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that is available in the individual marketplace. They have indicated at least some people are delaying enrollment in coverage until they get sick, applying for coverage only once they need it, and then canceling the coverage after treatment. They further argue that there aren’t enough rules in place to verify if a person actually experienced a qualifying event which would trigger a SEP.

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in Producers, Employers
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires most employers, who offer health and welfare benefits, to provide a written plan document to participants. The plan documents that are issued by insurance companies and other benefits providers are typically standardized and don’t include all of the customized, employer-specific language that the ERISA law requires.
 
Posted December 31st, 2015 in Producers, Employers
The New Year is expected to bring more regulatory changes which will impact employers and group health plans alike. Here are five predictions of things that are likely to happen in 2016.
 

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