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Posted January 29th, 2021 in Producers, Individuals

President Joseph Biden signed an executive order on Thursday which instructs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to authorize a new special enrollment period in the individual health insurance market. The special enrollment period will be available because of the exceptional circumstances that have been created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Joseph Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States less than one week ago, and he has already introduced his ideas for a third economic stimulus package.

Posted December 29th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

President Donald Trump signed a new stimulus bill into law on December 27, 2020 which will provide direct payments to eligible individuals and loans to small businesses, among other things. Among those other things are temporary and optional changes that employers can implement to Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (Health FSAs and Dependent Care FSAs).

Posted December 17th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

When talking about Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), you may hear the terms carryover, grace period and run-out period, but what do they mean and how do they differ? Here are some simple explanations of each term.

Posted December 2nd, 2020 in Producers, Individuals

On November 6, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2021 premiums, deductibles and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and B programs. Below is a summary of some of the key cost components:

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 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 August 26th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

A date is finally set for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to once again rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Oral arguments are expected to be heard on November 10, 2020, just one week after the presidential election.

Posted May 14th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released Notice 2020-29 and Notice 2020-33 which provide substantial changes to Cafeteria Plans, Health Flexible Spending Accounts (Health FSAs) and Dependent Care Assistance Programs (commonly referred to as Dependent Care FSAs).

Posted April 30th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance that will impact COBRA procedures, special enrollment periods, and claims procedures. The guidance will extend the length of certain time periods applicable to group health plans, disability plans and other welfare plans regulated by the ERISA law. Plan participants and beneficiaries will have additional time to do the following:

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