What premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies are available to individuals in 2014 and who is eligible for them?
To assist individuals and families who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and are not offered affordable health coverage by their employers, a refundable tax credit (the “premium tax credit”) and a cost sharing subsidy will be available beginning in 2014 to help pay for insurance purchased through an Exchange.
Group health plans, which include HRAs, MERPs, and non-excepted FSAs, must provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) for all eligible plans to all eligible individuals, participants and beneficiaries.
The IRS has released Notice 2012-40 which provides guidance on the effective date of the $2,500 contribution limit to health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) under IRS Code Section 125(i) and on the deadline for amending plans to comply with the limit. The notice also provides relief for contributions that mistakenly exceed the $2,500 limit provided they are corrected in a timely manner.
The HHS has just issued their draft bulletin on defining the “actuarial value” methodology that will be used to calculate AV for health plans, and it is good news for HSAs and HRAs! The rules DO include the employer contributions to accounts in the calculations, which is tremendously beneficial to the attractiveness of the plans.
Do you think you’re saving money by administering your health reimbursement arrangement (HRA)? In our experience, many employers that self-administer an HRA often overlook important compliance obligations that put them at financial risk. Failure to comply with the following requirements is common and can be costly.
It wasn't all about the Summary of Coverage documents last Thursday. The Departments of Labor, HHS and Treasury also issued new guidance on frequently asked questions by employers and health plans concerning the auto-enrollment, employer requirements and
The Obama administration released the final rules for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) on February 9. The requirements have been the subject of much contention between insurers, employers and consumer groups over the past two years, and the final rules have been much anticipated by the benefits community.One of the most contentious parts of the debate about the new requirements was their effective date.
On Friday, February 3, Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced S. 2068, the Access to Independent Health Insurance Advisors Act of 2012. Here is a link to NAHU’s press release about the measure, and here is a link to a fact sheet about the bill.
We keep hearing about the government issuing waivers, is it possible for employers to opt out of health care reform? No, there is no waiver from all of health care reform. Employers may be thinking of the term “grandfathered plans,” which refers to plans in existence on March 23, 2010, which have made minimal changes, defined under regulations, and are therefore exempt from some, but not all, of health care reform’s mandates.
Publication 969 has been updated for use in preparing 2011 tax returns. This publication provides basic information about HSAs, HRAs, health FSAs, Archer MSAs and Medicare Advantage MSAs, including brief descriptions of benefits, eligibility requirements, contribution limits and distribution issues.
Offering comprehensive benefits to employees can help you attract, hire, and retain the best workers. Yet many small-business owners believe that health care insurance is a luxury they can’t afford. The good news: Thanks to new incentives, tax credits, industry reform, and nontraditional plans, health care insurance may be within reach.