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Hot Topics in Employer Health Benefits

As we start looking forward to 2017, and as many employers head into annual enrollment periods this fall, employers need to be aware of recent changes in the law that have a significant impact on health benefit plans. This...more

ACA Reporting on Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, AIRTN500 Error Messages, and Incorrect and Missing Taxpayer Identification Numbers...

Employer-sponsored group health plans and health insurance issuers (or carriers) are subject to information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the obligation to report taxpayer...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – September 2016

New Guidance Affects Wellness Program Design - Over the last several months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) have provided additional guidance regarding the...more

[Webinar] Hot Topics in Welfare Benefits - September 20th, 12:00pm CST

Ever since the passage of health care reform, the applicable government agencies (IRS, DOL, EEOC and HHS) have been actively working to provide new and updated regulations and other guidance governing various aspects of...more

Outlook for Fall & Lame Duck

As summer ends and we look ahead to cooler weather, a historic presidential election, and a legislative and regulatory calendar that has numerous measures ready for activity, ML Strategies is pleased to share our outlook on...more

IRS Addresses Health Coverage Opt-Out Payments Under the Affordable Care Act

As the cost of providing health coverage increased over the past fifteen years, many employers began to offer employees cash payments if they “opted out” of coverage. Some expected that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would...more

Draft IRS Publication 5164 (Early Look) for Processing Year 2017

If your EIN will have 250 or more full-time employees in 2016 (counting each person who was full-time in any month) you’ll need next year to file your 2016 ACA Information Returns – Forms 1094-B and 1095-B or Forms 1094-C and...more

Affordable Care Act Compliance: IRS Releases Draft 2016 Employer Reporting Forms and Instructions

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued revised draft Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and related instructions for use for the 2016 reporting year. ...more

You Received a Health Insurance Marketplace Notice from HHS – Now What?

Take a deep breath. The HHS Health Insurance Marketplace Notice (the “Notice”) may seem to be a nuisance, but it does not necessarily mean that you will be subject to employer shared responsibility penalties....more

2016 Draft Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and Instructions: What’s New, Page-by-Page

In the ACA realm, change is the only constant, so don’t take this to the bank. We’re telling you what we see for the first time, on a first reading of the draft 2016 Forms and Instructions that the IRS has released since...more

ACA Reporting Update – 2016 Draft Forms & Instructions Released

Since our last ACA Reporting Update, the extended deadlines to distribute Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to covered individuals and employees and to file the forms with the IRS have passed. The IRS has stated, however, that late...more

Responding to Marketplace Notices

Employers have begun to receive notices from the Health Insurance Marketplace Exchanges (Marketplace) notifying them that one or more of their employees is eligible for governmental subsidies under the Marketplace. Employers...more

IRS Proposes Adjustments in Individual Mandate Reporting

The IRS has issued proposed regulations on the individual mandate reporting requirements under section 6055 of the Internal Revenue Code. To a significant degree, the new regulations reflect guidance previously published by...more

ACA Reporting – Multiple Coverage and Requesting SSNs

Newly proposed IRS regulations seek to clarify certain aspects of reporting of minimum essential coverage by employers and issuers under Code Section 6055. Here, we focus on proposals that impact employer reporting (Part III...more

Proposed Changes to Form 5500 Would Significantly Increase Reporting Obligations for Health and Welfare Plan Sponsors

Summary - On July 11, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a proposal to implement significant changes to the forms and regulations that govern annual employee benefit plan...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2016

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) generally provides that, if a plan providing for deferred compensation fails to comply with Section 409A, either in form or in operation, then all amounts deferred...more

Proposed Form 5500 Changes & the new Schedule J: Big Changes for Small Group Health Plans

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes to the Form 5500 and schedules that will affect ERISA Title I group health plans of all sizes, but small group health plans should be especially aware of the changes....more

Paying Employees to Opt Out of Insurance? BEWARE

Seyfarth Synopsis: That “win-win” in contract negotiation wherein employees are paid to opt out of employer insurance has become much more complicated thanks to the IRS. Basically, if bargaining parties do not follow new IRS...more

Department of Labor Increases Penalties for Certain ERISA Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published on July 1, 2016, an interim final rule adjusting the civil monetary penalties that it can enforce. These adjustments are the result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Health Plan Opt-Out Payments

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has issued proposed regulations that include additional guidance on the treatment of employer-provided opt-out payments for purposes of affordability under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)....more

House Passes Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

Despite repeated guidance from the IRS that employer payment plans violate insurance reforms under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”), many small employers continue this arrangement of reimbursing employees for their cost of...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – June 2016

Final Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Guidance Issued - The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury (the “Departments”) recently issued final changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage...more

The Stealth Excise Tax Under Section 4980D of the Internal Revenue Code

Most employers are by now well aware of the “pay or play” penalties that may apply if the employer fails to offer coverage to substantially all of its full-time employees or offers coverage that fails to be affordable for...more

2015 ACA Information Reporting: Parts Sold Separately, Some Assembly Required

Ten days before the deadline for electronic filing of 2015 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, many employers are discovering that they contracted for less than all the needed services. Here’s what we’re seeing all too...more

How to Respond to a Notice From the Health Insurance Marketplace That Your Employee Has Qualified for an Advance Premium Tax...

Starting in 2016, the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace (the “Marketplace”) will send notices to applicable large employers whose employees received advance premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, if those...more

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