New Draft Model Form for Mental Health Parity Requests

On June 16, 2017, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (Departments) released a draft model form that plan participants may use to request information on their mental ... More

Extension of Maximum COBRA Coverage Period

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) requires employers to offer covered employees who lose their health benefits due to a qualifying event to continue group health ... More

Featured Video: What Employers Need to Know about Taxing Benefits

June's Featured Video What Employers Need to Know about Taxing Benefits When an employer offers employee benefits, there are requirements to tax certain benefits. While most employers may be ... More

Employers: Tell the Senate to Preserve the Employer-Based System and Permanently Repeal the Cadillac/excise Tax!

On May 4, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a reconciliation bill to repeal and replace portions of the ACA. It will now be considered by the Senate, ... More

Audit Reveals Pay or Play Enforcement Issues

On April 7, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released the results of its audit to assess the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) preparations for ensuring compliance ... More

Affordability Percentages Will Decrease for 2018

On May 5, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-36 to index the contribution percentages in 2018 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under ... More

PCORI Fee Filing and Payment Deadline is July 31, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a fee on health insurance issuers and plan sponsors of self-insured health plans to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The fee, called ... More

FAQ’s about Employees’ Reduction in Hours

The Section 125 cafeteria plan regulations and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) require employers to take certain actions when an employee reduces hours. Below are answers to some ... More

Featured Video: What Employers Need to Know About Offering & Terminating Employee Benefits

May's Feature Video What Employers Need to Know About Offering and Terminating Employee Benefits When an employer offers employee benefits, there are requirements to document the benefits, ... More

Section 105(h) Nondiscrimination Testing

Many employers sponsor a self-insured medical reimbursement plan that is subject to Internal Revenue Code Section 105(h) nondiscrimination testing. Common self-insured medical reimbursement plans are ... More