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Posted July 13th, 2021 in Producers, Individuals

On June 28, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed new rules that would primarily impact individual health plans that are sold through Health Insurance Marketplaces. The proposed rules aim to lengthen the annual enrollment period, expand Navigator duties, and minimize any burden or confusion for consumers. A summary of some of the key provisions has been outlined below:

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 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.

Posted May 12th, 2021 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

On May 10, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Rev. Proc. 2021-25 which includes the 2022 limits for qualified high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Below is a summary of these limits:

Minimum Deductible to Qualify as an HDHP

• Single-only HDHP coverage = $1,400

Posted May 7th, 2021 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently finalized its Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters which is also summarized in this Fact Sheet. These regulations are issued each year and make updates and changes to various provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Posted April 20th, 2021 in Producers, Individuals

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created premium tax credits in the individual health insurance market which first became available as of January 1, 2014. The amount of the premium tax credit available to a person is largely based on their household income. Most eligible individuals receive the premium tax credit in advance by estimating their household income for the year.

Posted April 6th, 2021 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published Announcement 2021-7 which indicates Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes, may be reimbursed under a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), or a Health Savings Account (HSA).  These expenses are eligible for reimbursement if the primary reason for the purchase is to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Posted March 30th, 2021 in Producers, Individuals

As you may be aware, the Biden administration previously created an extenuating circumstances special enrollment period (SEP) on HealthCare.gov in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SEP allows individuals to sign up for coverage (or change plans) without a typical qualifying event.

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