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11/19/17

  10:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 351 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Compliance

Labor FAQ Outlines Special Enrollment Guidance

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued another FAQ in its series addressing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition to guidance on the 21st Century Cure’s Act and other items, the DOL’s FAQ Part 35 focuses on new… more »

10/08/17

  08:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 337 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Issue 2 Offers Uncertainty for Sponsors of Prescription Drug Plans

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, better known as Issue 2, has sparked plenty of debate (and earned TV stations a lot of money in ad time). If approved, the initiative would enable the state to buy prescription drugs for Medicaid and state retirement… more »

10/06/17

  10:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 154 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

HHS Revises ACA Contraception Mandate

The Trump administration announced on October 6 that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraception mandate will be scaled back to allow exemptions for employers that claim a religious or moral objection to covering birth control, The Washington Post… more »

07/28/17

  08:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 367 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Obamacare Lives. So Now What?

In the early morning hours of July 28, the Senate narrowly voted down a so-called "skinny repeal" of Obamacare... and in doing so, sealed the probability that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain the law of the land for the foreseeable future.… more »

07/21/17

  05:36:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 327 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

Reminder: PCORI Filing and Fee Deadline Approaching

As in years past, it's time for all self-funded employer health plan sponsors to file and pay the required Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee. While hope continues that payment of this fee may be suspended as part of the current… more »

05/21/17

  11:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 327 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

Reminder: PCORI Filing and Fee Deadline Approaching

As in years past, it's time for all self-funded employer health plan sponsors to file and pay the required Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee. While hope continues that payment of this fee may be suspended as part of the current… more »

05/05/17

  11:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 329 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Self-funding, American Health Care Act

AHCA Clears House Hurdle, But Faces Uphill Senate Battle

It took a lot of old-fashioned wheeling and dealing, but on May 4 the Republican block of the House of Representatives managed to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) with 217 "yea" votes ‒ just one vote above the minimum number required for… more »

03/31/17

  10:54:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 442 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Revised SBC Template Required for Employer Plans

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that issuers and health plans provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), including a description of what the health plan covers and the cost sharing responsibility of the consumer, in order to help… more »

03/26/17

  10:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 440 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Compliance

AHCA Withdrawal Leave Lingering Questions about Health Care Reform's Future

On March 24, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) ‒ the vaunted replacement to Obamacare ‒ from the floor, lacking the votes to pass the bill. So what happens next? And what can employers do to let their voices… more »

03/12/17

Final Reminders for MedBen University Roundtables

Two MedBen University industry-specific roundtables are just days away... so if you've been thinking of attending, now is the time to register! On Thursday, March 23, MedBen will host the 15th Annual Hospital Roundtable, sponsored by ISU Stop-Loss.… more »

03/08/17

  10:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 347 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

ACA Replacement Bill Omits Employer Health Plan Tax

One of the major surprises of the Republican replacement plan to the Affordable Care Act ‒ tentatively called the "American Health Care Act (AHCA)" ‒ is not what's in it, but what House members left out: A provision eliminating or capping… more »

02/26/17

  09:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 313 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Compliance

Capping Tax-Deductible Employer Health Coverage a Bad Idea, Says Fraker

Earlier this month, House Republican leaders released an outline of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The outline doesn't indicate how the plan would be paid for, but one frequently cited GOP funding suggestion ‒ capping the tax… more »

02/09/17

  08:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 288 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

MedBen President Harden Shares Thoughts on Obamacare's Future

MedBen President and COO Kurt Harden was one of several local business representatives recently interviewed by Licking County (OH) Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer McDonald for the Chamber's 2017 Economic Forecast video. During the discussion, he… more »

01/26/17

  03:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 322 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Business Group Leaders Weigh in on ACA's Future

With new President Donald Trump and Congress already taking steps to possibly repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the future of health care reform is very much a question mark... and employers are understandably concerned about what will happen next.… more »

01/12/17

  05:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 784 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform, Taxes, Reporting, IRS

IRS Reporting Deadlines Fast Approaching

Hard though it may be to believe, here we are in January 2017... and if you're a self-funded employer plan sponsor, it's time to get serious about preparing your IRS Form 1095s. As you know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its supporting regulations… more »

12/27/16

  03:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 311 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform, Taxes, Compliance, Employer Mandate

ACA Uncertainty Troubles Employers; MedBen Compliance Ready to Help

With all the talk these days about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it's little wonder that its uncertain future troubles many businesses. But as health care reform is potentially "re-reformed," the MedBen Compliance team will be… more »

11/23/16

  07:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 315 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform

The ACA in 2017... and Beyond

The presidential election of Donald Trump, coupled with the Republican majority in both houses of Congress, has suddenly put the future of the Affordable Care Act into serious doubt. For the short term, however, it's business as usual... and MedBen is… more »

11/21/16

  10:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

IRS Extends ACA 1095 Employer Reporting Deadline

On Friday, November 18, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2016-70, effectively extending the due date for furnishing IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals offered and/or covered under employer-provided health plans. The extended… more »

11/18/16

  09:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Section 1557 Discrimination Summary Available for Download

Earlier this year, Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This rule prohibits discrimination on the basis of race,… more »

10/17/16

  01:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 324 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform, Taxes, Reporting, IRS

MedBen Ready to Help Clients Meet IRS Reporting Deadline

Hard though it may be to believe, we've already entered the final quarter of 2016. If you're a self-funded employer, that means it's time to get serious about preparing for a critical health care reform mandate: Providing the IRS with an accurate… more »

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