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Biden’s COBRA Subsidy Proposal and What It Means for You

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Category: CDHC, COBRA, Compliance and Regulatory,

Senators Introduce COBRA Relief Bill

On Feb. 7, 2021, a group of Democratic senators introduced the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act, which would protect unemployed or furloughed workers from losing their health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would allow laid off workers to remain on their employer health plans, through the COBRA program, at no cost.

The legislation would also provide a 100 percent subsidy of COBRA health insurance premiums owed by unemployed workers to ensure that they do not lose coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Furloughed workers whose health benefits continue while pay is suspended would also have their employee contributions 100 percent subsidized. These subsidies would not impact workers' eligibility for unemployment benefits or other types of state or federal assistance.

In addition, the bill would extend the period during which workers could elect COBRA coverage, and enable workers to access coverage even if they declined it before the subsidy was made available, thereby ensuring continuity of care amid the health and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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American Benefits Group (ABG) Upping the Benefits Administration Game

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Category: CDHC, COBRA, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Reimbursement, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, Health Savings, HSA, Transit and Parking Section 132,

American Benefits Group (ABG) Upping the Benefits Administration Game 

In recent years, the US’ employee benefits landscape has rapidly evolved owing to factors such as escalating healthcare costs, changes in employment and benefits laws, and new initiatives and options in healthcare benefits. As employers continue to explore various ways to manage the costs and strategic design of their health benefits programs, integrated consumer-driven accounts such as Healthcare FSA, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) play an instrumental role to empower participants with the tools they need to manage their health care spending and out of pocket costs. Delivering comprehensive tools and guidance to manage these accounts in one place with access real time healthcare cost and quality assessment tools and data is a responsibility that Massachusetts-based American Benefits Group (ABG) take very seriously. 

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No Changes to Health FSA Maximum Limit the limit remains at $2,750 for 2021

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Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Savings, Transit and Parking Section 132,

The IRS announced Revenue Procedure 2020-45 which provides the 2021 cost-of-living increases for inflation for certain items. In 2021, the:

  • Annual Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contribution limits will not increase they will remain at the 2020 amount of $2,750
  • Monthly limit for Transit and Parking will not increase they will remain at the 2020 amount of $270 per benefit
  • Annual maximum reimbursement for a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) will increase $50 for individual coverage from the current amount of $5,250 to $5,300 and the maximum reimbursement amount will increase $100 for family coverage from the current amount of $10,600 to $10,700

As a reminder, the IRS announced 2021 Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions limit increases earlier this year. In 2021, the annual HSA contribution limit for individual coverage will increase $50 from the current $3,550 to $3,600, and the family coverage contribution limit will increase $100 from the current $7,100 to $7,200. 

 

Please note that this email has been sent to the Company Plan Administrator and Broker Contacts, please share with others in your organization.

If you have any questions, please contact American Benefits Group for more information.

The IRS announced Revenue Procedure 2020-45 which provides the 2021 cost-of-living increases for inflation for certain items. In 2021, the:

  • Annual Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contribution limits will not increase they will remain at the 2020 amount of $2,750
  • Monthly limit for Transit and Parking will not increase they will remain at the 2020 amount of $270 per benefit
  • Annual maximum reimbursement for a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) will increase $50 for individual coverage from the current amount of $5,250 to $5,300 and the maximum reimbursement amount will increase $100 for family coverage from the current amount of $10,600 to $10,700

As a reminder, the IRS announced 2021 Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions limit increases earlier this year. In 2021, the annual HSA contribution limit for individual coverage will increase $50 from the current $3,550 to $3,600, and the family coverage contribution limit will increase $100 from the current $7,100 to $7,200. 

Please note that this email has been sent to the Company Plan Administrator and Broker Contacts, please share with others in your organization.

If you have any questions, please contact American Benefits Group for more information.

 

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COVID-19: Recent Official Notices for Employer Benefit Plans

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Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, FSA,

Recently there have been multiple regulatory announcements regarding Section 125 Cafeteria Plans, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Please be mindful that not every announcement applies to every plan type, nor to all configurations of a given plan type.

 

Recent announcements include:

Notice or Announcement

Date Released

The CARES Act

3/27/2020

EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01

4/29/2020

IRS Notice 2020-29

5/12/2020

IRS Notice 2020-33

5/12/2020

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IRS Announces 2020 Adjustments

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Category: CDHC, Flexible Spending, IRS, Transit and Parking Section 132,

Today, the IRS announced Revenue Procedure 2019-44 which provides the 2020 cost-of-living increases for inflation for certain items. In 2020, the:

  • Annual Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contribution limits will increase $50 from the current amount of $2,700 to $2,750

  • Monthly limit for Transit and Parking will increase $5 each from the current amount of $265 to $270

  • Annual maximum reimbursement for a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) will increase $100 for individual coverage from the current amount of $5,150 to $5,250, and the maximum reimbursement amount will increase $150 for family coverage from the current amount of $10,450 to $10,600

As a reminder, the IRS announced 2020 health savings account (HSA) contributions limit increases. In 2020, the annual HSA contribution limit for individual coverage will increase $50 from the current $3,500 to $3,550, and the family coverage contribution limit will increase $100 from the current $7,000 to $7,100.

If you have any questions, please contact American Benefits Group for more information. 

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Bob Cummings Reelected as President of NAPBA

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Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, COBRA, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, Health Savings, HRA, HSA,

American Benefits Group CEO and Founder Bob Cummings Reelected as President of NAPBA May 28th 2019 - Bob Cummings has been reelected to serve as President of The National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators (NAPBA). A NAPBA Trustee since 2007, Cummings was first elected NAPBA president in 2015, and has been an instrumental force in the emergence of the Consumer Directed HealthCare industry over the last 20 years, orchestrating the growth of NAPBA as the primary compliance standards and best practice organization for third party employee benefits administrators serving the consumer directed healthcare industry.

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IRS Announces 2019 Adjustments

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Category: CDHC, Flexible Spending, IRS, Transit and Parking Section 132,

Today, the IRS announced Revenue Procedure 2018-57 which provides the 2019 cost-of-living increases for inflation for certain items. In 2019, the:

  • Annual healthcare flexible spending account (FSA) contribution limits will increase $50 from the current amount of $2,650 to $2,700
  • Monthly limit for transit and parking will increase $5 from the current amount of $260 to $265
  • Annual maximum reimbursement for a qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA) will increase $100 for individual coverage from the current amount of $5,050 to $5,150, and the maximum reimbursement amount will increase $200 for family coverage from the current amount of $10,250 to $10,450

As a reminder, on May 10, 2018, the IRS announced 2019 health savings account (HSA) contributions limit increases. In 2019, the annual HSA contribution limit for individual coverage will increase $50 from the current $3,450 to $3,500, and the family coverage contribution limit will increase $100 from the current $6,900 to $7,000.

If you have any questions, please contact your Service Delivery Manager for more information. 

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2018 APEX award for Operational Efficiency and Excellence from Alegeus leadership

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Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, COBRA,

American Benefits Group (ABG) of Northampton MA, a leading national benefits service and solution provider in the health benefits industry has been recognized by healthcare benefits payments giant Alegeus as the 2018 APEX Award winner for Operational Efficiency and Excellence. The award was presented at the Alegeus National Conference on May 16th in Orlando Florida.

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IRS and DOL Publish Guidance for Those Impacted by Hurricane Irma

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Category: CDHC, COBRA, Compliance and Regulatory, IRS,

Similar to action taken a few weeks ago in response to Hurricane Harvey, the IRS and DOL both recently published guidance containing certain relief for those individuals and businesses in Hurricane Irma’s path.

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American Benefits Group is Featured in the current edition of BusinessWest

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Category: CDHC, COBRA, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Reimbursement, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, Health Savings, HRA, HSA, Section 125 Plans, Transit and Parking Section 132,

When Bob Cummings started out in benefits administration, health-insurance co-pays were $3, premiums were well under $100 a month, his office ran on MS-DOS, and it issued paper statements. Much has changed since then, obviously, but not his company’s success formula, based on personalization, creativity, knowledge of a complex and ever-changing subject, and what American Benefits Group prefers to call ‘enabling technology.’
 
George O'Brien on October 5, 2015 in BusinessWest


See the entire American Benefits Group story in the October 5th Issue of BusinessWest and BusinessWest.com 
http://businesswest.com/blog/abg-thrives-in-complex-world-of-benefits-administration/ 

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Robert Cummings Elected President of NAPBA

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Category: CDHC, Flexible Spending, Health Reimbursement, Health Savings,

Northampton - Robert Cummings, CEO and founder of American Benefits Group of Northampton, Massachusetts, has been elected President of the National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators (NAPBA) . . .

 

Published in The Republican, Business Monday - http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2015/07/people_in_business_robert_cummings_of_am.html

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ABG Recognized as 2015 Customer Service Champion with Alegeus Apex Award

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Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, COBRA,

American Benefits Group of Northampton, MA has been recognized as the 2015 Customer Service Champion by healthcare consumerism market leader Alegeus Technologies. The award was presented to ABG management on May 8th at the national Alegeus Client Conference in San Diego.

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Putting People First

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Category: CDHC,

tl_files/content/logos-icons/IHC_Innovator_2014_AwardWinner.pngThe Institute for Health Care Consumerism (IHCC) has just recognized ABG with a 2014 Superstar Award in the Innovator category.  

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ABG Nominated for The IHC Superstar Awards

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Category: CDHC,

The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism (IHC) Superstar Category

  • Most Effective Solution Provider Award – American Benefits Group

Nominee's Company

  • American Benefits Group (Bob Cummings, Managing Principal)

Nominee's email address

Why should this person be a Superstar? 

American Benefits Group is a top national TPA  that began its life as a pioneer of FSAs in the 1980s. Today the firm provides administrative services for all account based pre-tax plans including HSAs, commuter benefits, FSAs and HRAs for over 650 employers nationwide, including a large number of leading Wall Street financial firms, Main Street America and a few well known public companies.

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Important Affordable Care Act Deadline: Employee Notices of the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange) Due by October 1, 2013 (copy)

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Category: CDHC, COBRA, Compliance and Regulatory, DOL, Health Care Reform, IRS, PPACA, Taxes,

On May 8, 2013, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued Technical Release No. 2013-02 (“Release”) providing important guidance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (“Affordable Care Act”), with regard to the requirement that employers provide notices to their employees of the existence of the Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”), previously referred to as the “Exchange.”

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