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Five Years Later, Final Rules on Grandfathered Plan Status, Etc.

Today, the ACA enforcement agencies (DOL, HHS, IRS) jointly published final rules, effective January 1, 2017, on grandfathered plan status, pre-existing condition exclusions, lifetime and annual limits, rescissions, dependent...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 16 of 24): Reporting for, and Clearing Up...

In an earlier post, we reported on a troubling development in the draft 2015 instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B which, if adopted, would have required sponsors of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (“HRA”) to issue...more

End of Year Issues Impacting Employer Health Plans

With the end of 2015 fast approaching, employers should be aware of certain issues under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and...more

Reporting for ACA Mandates: Final Forms and Additional Guidance

The IRS has finalized the 2015 forms and instructions for reporting under the individual and employer mandates and issued additional guidance on these new reporting requirements. The following forms are now available...more

IRS Releases Final Forms for Health Care Reform Reporting

With required reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) looming, employers should be aware of the latest guidance from the IRS. As a reminder, information reporting requirements apply to all employers who are members of...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 10 of 24): IRS Issues Final Form 2015...

The IRS recently issued final instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B and Forms 1094-C and 1095-C . The 2015 Instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B implement a suggestion we made in a previous post relating to the...more

Final 2015 Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, 1095-C and Instructions

On September 16, 2015, the IRS finalized these ACA coverage reporting Forms and Instructions... We report here, with minimal analysis, changes that we recognized on first comparison to the 2015 Draft Forms and Instructions....more

Employee Benefits Alert - August 2015

Retirement Plans - IRS Issues Guidance on Benefit Suspension Voting under MPRA - As we have written in prior alerts, the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) permits trustees of financially troubled...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 5 of 24): Reporting of Health Reimbursement...

As we reported last week, the IRS recently issued draft 2015 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. These instructions are of interest to applicable large employers who must report their compliance with the Affordable Care...more

EEOC Proposes Wellness Program Rule

In April 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that would amend the regulations and interpretive guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they...more

IRS Clarifies That After-Tax HRAs and Other Individual Health Insurance Payment Arrangements Generally Violate the Affordable Care...

Any employer who offers an arrangement that reimburses employees (or pays directly) for premiums or other medical costs of individual health insurance coverage, including a health reimbursement account ("HRA") provided in...more

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

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 6: Labor and Treasury Departments Play Whack-a-Mole with...

Last year, the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department/IRS (Departments) issued guidance on the application of certain of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market reforms to health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs),...more

HRAs Under the Affordable Care Act

Analysis: HRAs are employer-funded accounts designed to reimburse employees for out-of-pocket medical expenses. Employees are not permitted to contribute their own funds, so they are unlike flexible spending accounts or...more

IRS Guidance on the Application of the Affordable Care Act’s Market Reform Provisions to HRAs and FSAs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published guidance in Notice 2013-54 (the “Notice”) on the application of certain market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act to Health Reimbursement Accounts (“HRAs”),...more

Can HRAs Survive Healthcare Reform?

Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) are used to help employees pay for medical expenses incurred by the employee, his or her spouse, dependents, and any children who, at the end of the taxable year, have not attained age...more

IRS Notice 2013-54 Guidance Clarifying Impact of Affordable Care Act on HRAs, Health FSAs, and Employer Payment Plans

Notice 2013-54 (the "Notice") provides guidance clarifying the impact of certain market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") on health reimbursement arrangements ("HRAs") and other group health plans under...more

Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items and Upcoming Changes

Group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2013 tasks, implementing upcoming 2014 changes, preparing for the ACA Shared Responsibility requirement in 2015, and documenting recent extensive plan changes....more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment...more

Federal Guidance on HRAs, Health FSAs and Other Employer Funding Arrangements Under Health Care Reform

On September 13, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, collectively, issued guidance (the "Health Funding Guidance") on the application of two of the...more

New Guidance Clarifies Health Reimbursement Arrangements Under ACA

Recently issued guidance clarifies the application of certain provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to health reimbursement arrangements, employer payment plans, health flexible spending arrangements and employee...more

Guidance on the Application of Certain ACA Market Reforms to Employer Health Plans

Plan sponsors should review their health reimbursement arrangements, employer payment plans, health flexible spending arrangements, and employee assistance programs to ensure they comply with ACA market reforms....more

More About HRAs And Some About EAPs

I blogged recently about IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) guidance restricting the ability of employers to subsidize individual health insurance premiums for their employees after December 31, 2013. That IRS and DOL guidance...more

No More Pre-Tax Premiums For Individual Insurance Policies?

Over the years we have seen some employers, particularly small employers, choose to provide health coverage to their employees by paying all or part of the premium for individual insurance policies that the employees have...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

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