IRS Publishes Draft ACA Reporting Forms for 2016

The IRS recently published the draft versions of Form 1094-C and Form 1095-C for the 2016 reporting period. Draft instructions have not been published. Although there are very few changes, there are four important revisions to consider. Changes to Form 1094-C Changes to Form 1094-C, Part II, Line 22: This section of the Form 1094-C […]

Three Takeaways for Group Health Plans from the Nondiscrimination Regulations

On May 18, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published final regulations implementing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in health activities and programs that receive federal funding or […]

Managing Marketplace Notices: Action Required

Rumor has it that nearly 500,000 Marketplace Notices dated June 21, 2016 were sent to employers from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If you haven’t received one already, count yourself lucky. Many employers began receiving these notices just before the July 4th holiday weekend. The notices are designed to inform an employer that an […]

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Three Takeaways for Group Health Plans from the Nondiscrimination Regulations

On May 18, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published final regulations implementing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in health activities and programs that receive federal funding or […]

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Three Takeaways for Group Health Plans from the Nondiscrimination Regulations

On May 18, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published final regulations implementing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in health activities and programs that receive federal funding or […]

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GINA Final Rule Clarifies Employer Wellness Program Incentives for Spouses and Children

On Monday, May 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its final rule to amend regulations under Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). This final rule provides guidance about the extent to which employers may offer a wellness program incentive to an employee for the employee’s spouse to provide […]

Final ADA Wellness Rules: 5 Important Changes for Employer Wellness Programs

On Monday, May 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its final rule to amend regulations under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This final rule provides guidance about the extent to which employers may pay incentives or provide rewards to encourage employees to participate in a wellness program that involves […]

DOL Proposes New SBC Template for 2017

UPDATE: On April 6, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), DOL, and Department of the Treasury finalized the proposed SBC template, Uniform Glossary, and instructions. The Departments confirmed that plans and issuers shall use the final SBC template and associated resources beginning on the first day of the first open enrollment period […]

ACA Reporting Deadlines Extended

On Monday, December 28, 2015, the IRS provided employers, payroll vendors, and third party reporting solutions with a short reprieve from the looming ACA reporting deadlines under Code 6055 and Code 6056. IRS Notice 2016-4 extends the deadlines for distributing employee statements and for filing reports with the IRS. The general deadlines follow the Form […]

ACA Automatic Enrollment Requirement Repealed

On November 3, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314), resulting in a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) automatic enrollment requirement for employers with 200 or more full-time employees. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 repeals Section 18A of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which was […]

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