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Posted November 18th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created two reporting requirements which are spelled out in Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and 6056.

Section 6055 requires every provider of minimum essential coverage to report information of those employees and dependents who enroll in coverage. Reporting this information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is still required even though the Individual Shared Responsibility penalty (i.e. Individual Mandate) is $0.

Posted November 10th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is scheduled to hear oral arguments about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) today. The underlying issue to be heard is whether the elimination of the Individual Mandate penalty now invalidates some, all, or none of the law. One of the following outcomes is likely to occur:

Posted November 5th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

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Posted November 3rd, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Rev. Proc. 2020-45 on October 26th with 2021 inflation adjustments for various provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). Included in the announcement are maximum contribution limits for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and other employee benefit programs. A summary of some of the 2021 contribution limits has been provided below.

Posted October 27th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

The Employer Mandate guidelines state that coverage is affordable when an employee has to pay no more than 9.5% of their household income (inflation-adjusted to 9.83% for the 2021 plan year) for self-only coverage which is offered, but which employers know the household income of an employee? As a result, there are three alternative methods that an employer can rely upon when determining if the coverage they offer is affordable. These methods are explained below and some general examples of how to apply each method have also been provided.

Posted October 21st, 2020 in Employers, Producers

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. The national emergency took effect on March 1, 2020, and it has yet to expire. Following the national emergency declaration came a wave of guidance and regulations, including guidance and regulations which impacted deadlines associated with employee benefit programs.

Posted October 15th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2020-76 with information pertaining to the upcoming reporting required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The following information was included in the notice:

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 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.

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