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12/29/15

  07:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 430 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform, Reporting, IRS

IRS Extends Employer Health Coverage Reporting Deadline

IRS has Filing Requirement Previous Deadline Extended Deadline Sending 1095C forms to their Employees (if a large employer) or 1094B (if a self funded small employer) February 1, 2016 March 31,… more »

12/21/15

  10:55:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 328 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Cost savings, IRS

Cadillac Tax Delayed Until 2020

As was widely expected, on December 18 President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 -- an omnibus spending and tax package that included in its amendments a two-year delay of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA's) "Cadillac"… more »

12/11/15

  10:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Two-Year Reprieve for Employers on the Cadillac Tax?

If the growing chorus in Congress gets its way, the Cadillac tax on high-end insurance plans, currently scheduled for take effect in 2018, could be pushed back to at least 2020. Earlier this week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady… more »

12/10/15

  05:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Care Reform, Reporting, IRS

ACA Reporting Workshop Videos Available On MedBen TPA YouTube Page

A collection of videos from MedBen's recent Affordable Care Act Reporting Workshop is now available on the MedBen TPA YouTube page. The videos offer in-depth information about complying with IRS reporting requirements as well as line-by-line advice on… more »

11/18/15

  11:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 404 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Cost savings

MedBen Offers In-depth ACA Reporting Guidance At Workshops

MedBen helped current and prospective clients gain a better understanding of how to comply with a critical health care reform mandate at two workshops on November 16 and 17. Mike Ankrum, Sr. Healthcare Reform Consultant for Five Points ICT. and… more »

11/06/15

  11:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 188 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear New ACA Contraception Objection

Last year, the Supreme Court narrowly ruled that certain businesses could request a religious exemption from covering women's contraceptives under their health plans. But today, the court accepted an additional challenge to the birth control mandate:… more »

10/21/15

  10:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Care Reform

Buyer Beware: When Approached with ACA Scare Tactics, Call MedBen

Several clients have brought to our attention recent attempts by non-MedBen-affiliated brokers to generate business through the use of scare tactics. Specifically, they are using the looming threat of the “Cadillac” tax and other Affordable Care Act… more »

10/20/15

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

ACA Marketplace Enrollments Stall As Co-ops Drop Out

Many people covered under the health insurance marketplaces will find themselves with fewer plan options in 2016, as nearly a third of health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act have closed or are closing soon. According to The… more »

10/09/15

  10:59:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

If Repeal Fails, Exempting CDHPs From Cadillac Tax May Provide Compromise

Even though the idea of repealing the "Cadillac" Tax has increasing support from Republicans and Democrats alike, the resulting budget shortfall means that President Obama would probably veto even a bipartisan bill. With that in mind, Bill Sweetnam of… more »

10/07/15

  03:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Final ACA Employer Mandate Reporting Forms Available Online

The IRS has released the finalized versions of the forms that employers can use to comply with Affordable Care Act rules. Under the employer mandate, businesses must certify the coverage offered to their employees. Form 1094-B -- Transmittal of… more »

09/28/15

  05:16:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 160 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Presidential Candidate Sanders Co-sponsors Cadillac Tax Repeal Bill

The drumbeat to repeal the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac tax" is growing louder... and now includes a presidential candidate. BenefitsPro reports that Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has joined seven Democrats in sponsoring a repeal measure. They… more »

09/18/15

  07:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform, Consumer-driven Health Plans

OTC Drug Purchases With FSA, HSA, HRA Funds Getting House Push (Again)

Back in the day -- like, four years ago -- there seemed to be a growing consensus that Congress would overturn the provision of the Affordable Care Act that required a doctor's prescription to purchase over-the-counter drugs (OTCs) with FSA or HSA… more »

09/08/15

  03:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Proposed Regulations Offer Health Care Protections For Transgender People

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proposed new Affordable Care Act regulations designed to eliminate discrimination toward transgender people in the area of health care benefits, including certain gender transition… more »

09/01/15

  10:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Penalties Increase for IRS Information Returns

What does sub-Saharan trade with the United States have to do with health care reform? Both were modified as part of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (TPEA), passed into law earlier this year. As part of this trade bill, Congress passed… more »

08/25/15

  05:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

One In Four Employers May Get Struck By "Cadillac Tax"

Turns out there's quite a number of "benefit-rich plans" out there -- that is, if you base "benefit-rich" on the Obama Administration's criteria of which employers are likely to take a financial hit when the so-called gCadillac taxh rolls out in 2018.… more »

08/14/15

  09:15:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 236 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

GOP House Members Question Legality of Embedded Maximum Rule

Back in June, the ERISA Industry Committee, an employer lobbying group, asked the Obama administration to eliminate the "embedded" maximum out-of-pocket limit, a controversial Affordable Care Act regulation. And now, members of the GOP have chimed in on… more »

08/11/15

  10:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 673 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Department of Labor Updates Exempt Employee, Independent Contractor Definitions

Recently, the Department of Labor updated its position on a couple of topics relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Below is a summary of these new rules. Definition of Exempt Employee First, the DOL has promulgated new rules which will… more »

08/04/15

  10:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 216 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

IRS Wants Your Thoughts On The "Cadillac Tax"

The Internal Revenue Services is looking for public input on one of Obamacare's more controversial regulations -- the so-called "Cadillac tax." Scheduled to take effect in 2018, the tax would penalize employer health care plans that exceed $10,200 for… more »

07/30/15

  06:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 277 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Reporting, Cost savings

Health Care Spending Is Creeping Up; MedBen Can Help Employers Keep It Down

Health care spending rose 5.5% in 2014, according to a new report published on in the journal Health Affairs -- the first comparatively large increase following multiple years of more modest growth. Economists from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid… more »

07/23/15

  06:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 184 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Business Groups Ask For Changes To Affordable Care Act

From Business Insurance: "Two dozen business groups are urging federal lawmakers to work together to pass legislation to ease the cost and compliance burdens of the health care reform law. “'There are numerous bipartisan bills that could bring real… more »

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