Employers

Posted July 18th, 2014 in Producers, Employers
The IRS and other agencies have issued three different sets of guidance making it clear that employers cannot give actively employed workers pre-tax dollars through a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) ,or any other type of arrangement, to purchase individual coverage on their own.
Posted June 27th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

On June 26, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed regulations on the renewal process for individuals that have purchased health coverage through the Exchange. The regulations aim to streamline the renewal process by auto-enrolling the vast majority of existing members into a health plan for the 2015 plan year.

Posted June 20th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Minimum Essential Coverage and Minimum Value are two terms that are mistakenly considered the same by many people, but in fact, these terms have different definitions. 

Minimum Essential Coverage is the type of coverage needed to satisfy the Individual Mandate requirements. The most common forms include the following health plans:

Posted June 13th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

On June 1, 2014, same-sex marriage became legal in the state of Illinois. As a result, we wanted to revisit marriage as a qualifying event for health insurance coverage and discuss how account-based health plans are impacted.

Posted June 6th, 2014 in Employers, Producers

A recent analysis predicts that 50 million Americans will be covered by Health Savings Account (HSA)-qualified health plans by Jan. 1, 2019up from approximately 11 million today. With the creation of private exchanges spurred on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), these consumer-driven health plans have been revealed as a crowd favorite.

Posted May 30th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Can an individual be covered by more than one “Flex Plan” at the same time?

Yes, Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) can be combined in certain circumstances.

Posted May 22nd, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
On May 16, 2014, a new fine was spelled out by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding individuals that knowingly and wilfully provide false information to receive subsidies in an Exchange.
 
Posted May 16th, 2014 in Producers, Employers

As a trusted benefits administrator, Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex) wants to keep you informed on the following:

Federal regulators have recently indicated that they don’t feel the current COBRA notices provide enough information about the Exchanges and the options that COBRA beneficiaries have in the Individual Marketplace.

Posted May 9th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued some new guidance on May 2, 2014 as it relates to Special Enrollment Periods and Hardship Exemptions in the individual marketplace. The new guidance has been summarized below:

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

How do the annual maximum Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits apply to an eligible individual with family High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) coverage for the entire year if the family HDHP covers spouses or dependent children who also have coverage by a non-HDHP (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, HMO)?

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