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Posted January 11th, 2022 in Employers, Producers

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 included a provision that requires brokers and consultants to disclose all direct and indirect compensation they expect to receive for group health plans. The disclosure is required when compensation is expected to be $1,000 or more, and the disclosure must be made prior to any contracts entered into, renewed, or extended on or after December 27, 2021. The disclosure requirements are now in effect.

Posted January 4th, 2022 in Employers, Individuals

Annual Medicare Part D reporting is required for all employers who provide health benefits with prescription drug coverage. The reporting is an online filing to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and it lets CMS know if the prescription drug coverage available on the employer’s health plan is “creditable.”

Posted December 14th, 2021 in Producers, Employers

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Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) are self-funded group health plans that provide tax-free reimbursements to employees and their family members for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.

Posted December 3rd, 2021 in Employers, Producers

On August 27, 2021, the State of Illinois passed a law called the Consumer Coverage Disclosure Act (CCDA). The CCDA requires a new written disclosure to be provided by every employer who has employees in the State of Illinois and who also provides group health insurance coverage to its employees.

Posted June 29th, 2021 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been issuing COVID-19 guidance for employers dating back to March 2020. The guidance has been issued in a frequently asked question (FAQ) format and gets updated periodically. On May 28, 2021, the EEOC updated its guidance to include information for employers wanting to provide incentives to employees for receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

Posted June 25th, 2021 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

Summer is finally here! For many people, the arrival of summer means vacations, backyard barbeques, and lots of time spent in the great outdoors. With all the summer fun you’ll be having, you’re probably going to want to stock up on some essential products to help you look and feel your best this season.

It may surprise you to learn that many of these products are FSA-eligible. That means that you can use your Flexible Spending Account to pay for them tax-free!

Posted June 17th, 2021 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

Earlier this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as Obamacare. The entire ACA continues to remain as the law of the land.

Posted June 2nd, 2021 in Employers, Producers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a research institute known as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of PCORI is to help patients and those who care for them make better-informed decisions about healthcare choices. PCORI is funded in part by fees which are charged to health plans. The following information is designed to help employers understand their upcoming payment obligations.

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Posted May 26th, 2021 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

On May 18, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2021-31 with additional guidance pertaining to the COBRA subsidies authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”). The guidance is broken up into various sections and consists of 86 different frequently asked questions (FAQs). Some details summarizing the guidance has been provided below.

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