Benefits Buzz

Posted May 21st, 2013 in Employers, Producers

Last week, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced S 9.66, the Medical FSA Improvement Act, to eliminate the Use-It or Lose-It rule by allowing individuals to cash-out unused Flexible Spending Account (FSA) balances with the amounts treated as taxable income.

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What could this mean for Americans?

Posted May 16th, 2013 in Employers, Producers

Most employers will be required to provide a written notification to employees in regards to the ability to access coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, also known as the exchanges. Even employers that don't provide coverage to their employees will be required to provide this written notification.

Posted May 13th, 2013 in Producers

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) published guidance on May 1, 2013 about the role of insurance producers in the Health Insurance Marketplaces, also referred to as the public exchanges.

The guidance suggests that insurance producers will play a valuable role in facilitating public exchange enrollments starting this October.

Posted May 8th, 2013 in Individuals, Employers, Producers

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a statement on April 30, 2013 that the public exchange applications, officially referred to as the Marketplace Consumer Applications, have been revised.

The Invidual Short Form is now just three pages in length. The Family Form is also said to have been reduced by about two-thirds its original length.

Posted May 3rd, 2013 in Employers, Producers

Recent guidance helped clarify some of the confusion about Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees applicable to Health Reimbursement
Arrangements (HRAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). It was originally thought that the fee would be applicable to all covered lives including spouses and dependents. That is no longer the case in some instances.

Posted April 30th, 2013 in Individuals, Employers, Producers

What will the exchanges look like? What are the exchange deadlines? How will subsidies and payments be processed? There constantly seems to be questions about the health insurance marketplaces, also known as the exchanges.

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a progress fact sheet about the exchanges on April 22, 2013. This new information provides additional details about eligibility and enrollment, plan management, financial management, consumer support and more.

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