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Health Plan ID Requirements and Other End-of-Year Considerations

Employers and other health plan sponsors may be focused on preparing for the commencement of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act on January 1, 2015, but a number of other deadlines and developments are emerging...more

New Developments and Impending Deadlines for Employer Group Health Plans

As the federal government agencies continue to push forward with implementation and administration of health care reform (i.e., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), there are two recent developments that we want...more

New ACA Rules Allow Employees a Second Trip Through the Cafeteria Plan Election Line

Under Notice 2014-55, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will now permit a cafeteria plan to allow an employee to revoke his election for coverage under the employer's group health plan in order to purchase a qualified health...more

Legal Alert: New PPACA-related “Family Status” Changes for Cafeteria Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Notice 2014-55 to permit new health plan elections in two situations where they were not previously allowed. ...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 14: IRS Notice 2014-55 Gets the Employer Shared Responsibility...

The Treasury Department and the IRS had a busy week issuing no less than five Affordable Care Act guidance items, consisting of...more

IRS to Amend Cafeteria Plan Regulations to Facilitate Enrollment in Marketplace Coverage

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Notice 2014-55, which expands the cafeteria plan “change in status” rules to allow plans to offer employees an option to revoke their elections...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 27: COBRA, Marketplace Coverage, Stability Periods, and...

Recent developments under the Affordable Care Act and COBRA, and existing rules governing mid-year election changes under cafeteria plans, have combined to make it challenging for certain terminating employees and those...more

Nondiscrimination Testing for Health and Welfare Plans

Some employee benefits enjoy a tax-favored status under the Tax Code, but such favorable tax treatment applies with respect to certain highly compensated individuals only if the plans satisfy applicable nondiscrimination...more

Year-End Health and Retirement Plan Guidance Grab Bag

Following Hawaii’s enactment of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage as of and after December 2, 2013 a number of additional pieces of guidance were also issued. Internal Revenue Service’s Frequently Asked Questions...more

Employee Benefits Update: 2013 Year End Plan Tasks

As we approach the end of the year, employers and plan sponsors of qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans should take time to meet various upcoming deadlines. Failure to comply with the deadlines may result...more

New Rules Allow Cafeteria Plans To Carryover Up To $500 Of Unused Health FSA Money To The Next Plan Year

Under new IRS guidance, an employer may amend its cafeteria plan to allow for up to $500 of unused amounts remaining in a health flexible spending account (FSA) at the end of a plan year to be carried forward to reimburse...more

IRS Changes Health FSA "Use-or-Lose" Rule; Clarifies Transition Relief for 2013-14

On October 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2013-71 (Notice), which modifies the "use or lose" rule for health flexible spending accounts (health FSAs) to allow a $500 annual carryover of unused...more

Important Changes Relating to Section 125 Plans May Require Immediate Action

Last week, there were two important developments relating to Section 125 cafeteria plans. First, Massachusetts announced that employers will no longer be required to maintain a Section 125 plan. Second, the IRS has modified...more

IRS Liberalizes the "Use-It-or-Lose-It" Rule for Flexible Spending Accounts and Offers Other Transition Relief

In Notice 2013-71 (the “Notice”), the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has modified the so-called “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for health flexible spending accounts (“FSAs”) under cafeteria plans to allow participants to...more

Section 125 Cafeteria Plan Requirement for Massachusetts Employers Ends

Massachusetts recently announced that, due to federal rules under the Affordable Care Act, it will cease enforcement of its Section 125 cafeteria plan requirement for Massachusetts employers. Under that requirement, employers...more

Massachusetts Connector Announces Significant Changes to the Commonwealth’s Cafeteria Plan Rules

On October 29, 2013, the Massachusetts Connector released Bulletin 03-13, which sets forth a significant course change in the Commonwealth’s cafeteria plan, HIRD, and free rider surcharge rules....more

The Affordable Care Act Creates Compliance Challenges For HRAs And Other Arrangements

On September 13, 2013 the U.S. Department of the Treasury (IRS), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), collectively referred to herein as the Departments, coordinated...more

HIPAA and Affordable Care Act Compliance Deadlines Approaching for Employers

New HIPAA privacy rules come into effect September 23 and an Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) notice must be distributed to employees by October 1. In addition, as a result of ACA requirements that become effective January 1,...more

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