Wesley Covert

Wesley Covert

Laner Muchin, Ltd.

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IRS Previews Its Administration Of The Cadillac Plan Tax And Seeks Comments On Unresolved Issues

The “Cadillac Tax” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. It imposes a 40% excise tax on any “excess benefit” provided to an employee. An excess benefit is the excess,...more

4/2/2015 - Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax Employer Group Health Plans FSA HRA HSA IRS

Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Eliminates Presumption That Union Retiree Health Benefits Are Vested For Life

In M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, the United States Supreme Court invalidated a judicial presumption - commonly referred to as the Yard-Man presumption - that union retiree health care benefits are vested for life in the...more

2/10/2015 - CBAs Employer Group Health Plans Employer Healthcare Costs Health Insurance M&G Polymers v Tackett Retirement SCOTUS Vested Benefits Yard Man

IRS Approves Two New Mid-Year Changes To Cafeteria Plan Elections

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that employees may change their pre-tax health plan payment elections mid-year pursuant to their employer’s cafeteria plan under two new circumstances. ...more

1/2/2015 - Cafeteria Plans Employer Group Health Plans IRS

IRS Issues New Forms And Instructions Regarding The Employer Mandate Information Reporting Requirements Under The ACA

In order to administer and enforce the rules of the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) added Sections 6055 and 6056 to the Internal Revenue Code, which require insurance providers and...more

10/8/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates Health Insurance IRS Reporting Requirements

Year-End Compliance Reminders For Group Health Plan Sponsors

In 2013, many different changes in the law impacted group health plans and arguably, even more changes will occur in 2014. The following is an overview of a few of the key compliance issues that occurred in 2013 which should...more

12/6/2013 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Compliance Employer Group Health Plans Health Plan Sponsors Year-End Compliance Checklist Year-End Planning

Courts Split On Whether Mandatory Contraceptive Coverage Violates Religious Freedoms Of For-Profit Corporations

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s preventive services mandate, non-grandfathered group health plans must provide 100% coverage of contraceptives for women, subject to exemptions and safe harbors for...more

10/16/2013 - Affordable Care Act Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Employer Group Health Plans Healthcare Religion

Sponsors Of Group Health Plans Must Take Action To Comply With The Upcoming September 23, 2013 HIPAA Compliance Deadline

In January 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final regulations which revised existing regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). ...more

8/12/2013 - Deadlines Employer Group Health Plans Health Plan Sponsors HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule Notice Requirements Privacy Laws

Certain Employers That Sponsor Group Health Plans Must Report And Pay The Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute Fee By July...

As previously mentioned in the June 11, 2013 edition of The Fast Laner, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) that is to be partially funded through...more

7/29/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Employer Group Health Plans Fees Form 720 Healthcare PCORI

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