DOL Proposes New SBC Template for 2017

On Thursday, February 25, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a new proposed template for the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) and Uniform Glossary. The new SBC template and Uniform Glossary is expected to be utilized for health plans beginning on or after April 1, 2017.  The formal notice and submission to the […]


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 […]


Congress Puts The Brakes On The Cadillac Tax

CADILLAC TAX DELAYED On Friday, December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a more than $1.5 trillion omnibus spending and tax extender package containing a two year delay of the forty percent excise tax on high cost health coverage, otherwise known as the Cadillac Tax. Although the Cadillac Tax was estimated to generate a […]

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Small Employer Reform News

Glimpsing the Future of the Cadillac Tax

IRS Notice 2015-16, published on February 23, 2015, addresses Section 4980I, the Excise Tax on High Cost Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage (aka the Cadillac Tax). The Notice is the first by Treasure and IRS (the Departments) on this subject, and is “intended to initiate and inform the process of developing regulatory guidance.” The Notice is not […]

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North Carolina News

What The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means For Health Plans

On Friday, June 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that all 50 states must license marriages between two people of the same sex and must recognize a same-sex marriage lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state. The decision in Obergefell could have repercussions for both self-insured and […]

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Affordable Care Act News


ACA Automatic Enrollment Requirement Repealed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 […]


Employers Finalize Preparations for ACA Reporting

On September 16, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finalized the forms and instructions for compliance with the ACA’s new reporting requirements under Code 6055 and 6056, also known as Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) reporting. Want to take a gander at the final forms and instructions? You can find them here: Form 1094-B Form 1095-B […]

Preparing for 2018: New Cadillac Tax Highlights for Employers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to rev their regulatory engine as the agency proceeds with implementation of the excise tax on high cost health coverage, otherwise known as the Cadillac Tax. The Cadillac Tax is a 40% excise tax on health coverage exceeding certain thresholds ($10,200 for self-only coverage, $27,500 for coverage other than self-only) […]


Agencies Clarify Preventive Services for Health Plans

In a joint FAQ published May 11, 2015, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury (collectively, the Departments) clarified the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) requirement to cover preventive services without cost sharing under non-grandfathered health plans sold in the individual and group markets. Effective for plans renewing […]

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In the AIR Tonight: First Look at New ACA E-Filing System

UPDATE: The IRS continues to post information about AIR. To view all of the resources currently available about AIR, click here. There is also an AIR working group. For more information about the working group meetings and presentation materials for the working group, click here. Information regarding the new reporting requirements for self-insured plans and […]

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