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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.

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.

Posted March 16th, 2021 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

On March 11, 2021, President Joseph Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA is the third stimulus package signed into law in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under ARPA, two significant provisions were included that will help more Americans obtain and pay for health insurance coverage.

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).

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