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04/04/19

  04:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform, Regulatory, Affordable Care Act

Federal Court Strikes Down Association Health Plan Rule

While the legal future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) recently made the headlines, another legal decision related to the ACA also has a direct bearing on self-funded employers. On March 28, a federal judge struck down the Department of Labor's… more »

04/03/19

  04:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Self-funding, Affordable Care Act

Future of Affordable Care Act? Cloudy

There's been a whirlwind of news lately regarding the fate of Affordable Care Act (ACA), but for self-funded employers, it adds up to business as usual… at least for the moment. On March 25, the Justice Department informed the 5th Circuit Court of… more »

02/08/19

  08:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform, IRS, Compliance, Affordable Care Act

Despite Shutdown, ACA Reporting Deadlines Still Apply

Following the recent government shutdown, the question has arisen, "Have the IRS filing deadlines changed for my Employer Shared Responsibility Provision reporting?" The answer, regretfully: "No." The health coverage data you collected during 2018 must… more »

01/11/19

Spousal Coverage Limitations a Smart Strategy

The latest Employee Benefits Survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) revealed that just one in five employers (20.1%) use spousal surcharges or carve-outs for health care coverage when other employer-provided health… more »

10/30/18

Proposed Regulations Would Again Allow Stand-Alone HRAs

On October 23, the Department of Labor (DOL), Treasury Department and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed regulations which will expand the use of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) by employers. If approved as written,… more »

10/18/18

  08:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 374 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Care Reform, IRS

MedBen Ready to Assist Clients with IRS ACA Reporting

It is hard to believe, but we've already entered the final quarter of 2018. If you're a self-funded employer, that means it is time to start thinking about and planning for a critical health care reform mandate: Providing the IRS with an accurate… more »

07/13/18

  09:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 188 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform

Did You Know... 2019 ACA Limits

The following limitations and penalties apply as of the first day of your plan’s 2019 plan year per the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Standard Plan Out-of-Pocket Maximums $7,900 for self-only (employee-only) coverage $15,800 for other than self-only… more »

06/29/18

  09:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 435 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Self-funding

DOL Rule Expands Association Health Plan Access

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulations expanding the definition of “employer” under ERISA Section 3(5). This seemingly simple change to an existing federal regulatory definition paves the way for the creation… more »

Fraker, SPBA Members Talk Transparency in D.C.

On June 19 and 20, MedBen Vice President of Compliance Caroline Fraker revisited Washington, D.C. with fellow members of the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA) Board of Directors, to speak with government officials on matters of… more »

05/31/18

  10:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 265 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Compliance, PCORI

Reminder: PCORI Filing and Fee Deadline Approaching

As in years past, all self-funded employer health plan sponsors are required to file and pay their Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee no later than July 31, 2018. All self-funded plan sponsors are required to pay a fee based on the… more »

04/19/18

  10:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Mental Health Parity (Federal), Health Care Reform, Compliance, MedBen Employees, HIPAA

MedBen Compliance Director McNair Retiring

It is with warm wishes – and yes, understandable sadness – that MedBen announces the retirement of Director of Compliance Annette McNair on April 30, 2018. In a way, Annette’s retirement marks the end of an era at MedBen. Annette was part of the… more »

03/11/18

  10:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 336 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Third party administration

While Federal Government Wavers, MedBen Helps You Control Costs

In a recent Modern Healthcare editorial, writer Merrill Goozner poses the question, "Is the era of healthcare cost control ending?" With the individual mandate dead, the Independent Payment Advisory Board shuttered, and Congress in no apparently hurry… more »

01/25/18

  06:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

Delayed Again . . . Cadillac Tax Postponed Until 2022

While things have been relatively quiet on the Affordable Care Act front, in recent weeks employers were starting to wonder if they needed to implement strategies to manage costs under the controversial Cadillac Tax which was set to become effective in… more »

12/03/17

  11:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 479 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform, IRS

“Cash in Lieu of Benefits” Considerations

With many employers updating benefit packages effective January 1st, it is easy to overlook certain basic benefit options. Offering cash in lieu of benefits is a growing trend among employers, especially those considered Applicable Large Employers (ALE)… more »

11/30/17

  04:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 513 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, IRS

Coming Soon: 2015 Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty Notices

What does the IRS do while it awaits the outcome of tax reform? It works on identifying employers that are not complying with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer shared responsibility mandate. In April, a Treasury Inspector General for Tax… more »

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 »

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