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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

Health Plan Identifiers – November 5, 2014 Deadline

What Is a Health Plan Identifier (HPID)? A health plan identifier is a standardized 10-digit number that is unique to a plan. Who Must Obtain an HPID in the Coming Weeks? Large “controlling health plans”...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

Flexible Spending Accounts Become More Flexible

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health FSAs for years have let employers provide pre-tax dollars through employee salary reductions or employer contributions to an FSA account that the employee can spend as he or she...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

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

Monthly Benefits Update - September 2013

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: FAQ Part XVI Addresses Insurance Exchange Notice and 90-Day Waiting Period Requirement. The Treasury, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human...more

Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment Plans

On Friday, September 13, 2013, the IRS released Notice 2013-54 and the DOL issued Technical Release 2013-03 in substantially identical form. This guidance, which is generally effective January 1, 2014, provides much needed...more

Labor and Treasury/IRS Opine on Integrated and Non-Integrated HRAs, Medical FSAs, and EAPs

On September 13, 2013, the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department/IRS (the “Departments”) issued coordinated guidance on a handful of items relating to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (the “Act”),...more

Guidance on Applying PPACA Market Reforms to HRAs, Health FSAs, and Other Health Care Arrangements

On September 13, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued new guidance1 relating to the applicability of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to certain kinds of...more

Certain Plan Designs Will Cost More Under The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fees

The Affordable Care Act establishes a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute as a private nonprofit corporation to assist patients, clinicians, purchasers and policy makers in making informed health decisions using...more

Fees Under The New Healthcare Reform Act Set To Begin

The new healthcare reform law includes a number of new taxes and fees which are rarely mentioned by the law’s supporters. On December 5, IRS announced final regulations governing new fees on health insurers and employer...more

A Guide to Employee Benefits Administration and Leaves of Absence

Laws Providing Leaves of Absence - Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - The FMLA, as relevant here, requires covered employers to provide eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave due to a serious...more

Proposed Rules Released Implementing New Fees on Health Plans

The Affordable Care Act mandates that a fee be assessed on health insurance issuers and plan sponsors of self-insured health plans to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The IRS recently proposed rules...more

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