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Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements

Association Health Plans—Can The Trump Administration Expand Access Without Congress?

In recent weeks, the Trump Administration has been considering allowing health insurance to be purchased across state lines and expanding access to “Association Health Plans” (AHPs) that could take economic advantage of...more

Calendar Year Plans Need to File Form 5500 by Monday, July 31, 2017

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: The Form 5500 is an annual report that must be filed for every employee benefit plan that covers 100 or more participants. For calendar year plans, these forms must be filed by July 31, 2017....more

The Rise of the Group Health Insurance Captive

With its “employer mandate”—i.e., the requirement that applicable large employers make an offer of group health coverage to substantially all full-time employees or face the prospect of a penalty—the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...more

The Future of the ACA Week 4: The Ryan Plan, “A Better Way”

The recent Republican election victories appear to ensure that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) days are numbered. But with nearly a fifth of the U.S. economy, and the health care coverage for some tens of millions of U.S....more

Department of Labor Updates ERISA’s Civil Penalties

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Pursuant to recently amended federal legislation, the Department of Labor (DOL), among several other federal agencies, is increasing its civil monetary penalties to adjust for inflation. Among the penalties to be increased...more

DOL Rule Imposes Significant Increases in Penalties for Employee Benefit Plan Violations

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On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an interim final rule that significantly increases various penalties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). The interim rule is the...more

Form M-1 Filings Due March 1, 2016 for MEWAs

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Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) must file a Form M-1 annually and shortly after inception. The annual Form M-1 filing deadline for the 2015 calendar year is March 1, 2016....more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 8 of 24): Reporting Offers of Coverage “On...

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules provide applicable large employers (i.e., those with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees on business days during the preceding calendar...more

Filed Your 2013 Health and Welfare Plan 5500s? Did you Include Your M-1 Attachments?

A provision of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) included additional reporting requirements and greater U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) oversight of Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs). The DOL’s Employee...more

Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements: New Reporting Requirements, Civil Penalties and Other Regulations

by BakerHostetler on

Generally, a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) is a welfare benefit program that is sponsored by a group of employers that have common business and industry interests, but not common ownership interests. The...more

Legal Alert: MEWA Form M-1 And Final Regulations Released

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The Department of Labor ("DOL") recently released a series of final rules affecting health benefits provided through multiple employer welfare arrangements ("MEWAs"). Notably, the 2012 Form M-1 filing deadline has been...more

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