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Posted November 1st, 2018 in Employers, Producers

The Department of Labor (DoL), Department of Treasury (DoT) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have jointly proposed new rules that would impact Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) effective January 1, 2020.

Posted July 25th, 2018 in Producers, Employers
Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized new rules pertaining to association health plans (AHPs). The intent of the new rules is to make it easier for small businesses (including self-employed individuals) to join forces when purchasing health insurance coverage.
Posted August 15th, 2016 in Producers, Employers
If you are an employer who offers a group health plan to employees who reside in the following states, then the Department of Labor (DOL) requires you to provide a premium assistance notice to employees who are eligible for the group health plan and who are also eligible (or may become eligible) for Medicaid, including the employees children who are also eligible (or may become eligible) for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): 
 
Posted August 3rd, 2016 in Producers, Employers
According to a DOL website, “The Form 5500 Series is an important compliance, research, and disclosure tool for the Department of Labor, a disclosure document for plan participants and beneficiaries, and a source of information and data for use by other Federal agencies, Congress, and the private sector in assessing employee benefit, tax, and economic trends and policies.
Posted September 25th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

New guidance was released on September 13, 2013 that applies to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and other employer healthcare arrangements. Much of the guidance impacts employers that want to provide reimbursements to employees to help pay for individual health insurance policy premiums. Many employers have given this idea some consideration instead of offering a traditional group health plan to reduce their costs.

Posted August 20th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires non-grandfathered plans to impose limitations on out-of-pocket expenses for essential health benefits starting in 2014. The out-of-pocket limitations will be capped next year at $6,350 for single coverage and $12,700 for family coverage. 

However, some self-funded plans will be exempt from this requirement until 2015. The guidance indicates that self-funded plans contracting with multiple service providers can delay this requirement for one year. 

Posted May 16th, 2013 in Employers, Producers

Most employers will be required to provide a written notification to employees in regards to the ability to access coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, also known as the exchanges. Even employers that don't provide coverage to their employees will be required to provide this written notification.