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Affordable Care Act Update: 2014 Seminar

It is important for Parker, Smith & Feek to break through the rhetoric and help businesses large and small fully understand and comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That’s why we brought in Bob Radecki, the expert we go to when we have complicated ACA questions. After a brief introduction, Radecki, President of Benefit […]

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Online Enrollment in Federal SHOP Exchange Delayed One Year

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a one year delay of online enrollment for small businesses purchasing group health coverage through the Federal SHOP Marketplace (Exchange). The delay does not affect small group plans offered through a state run SHOP. See below for a list of states operating their own Marketplace not subject to the delay.

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Marketplace (Exchange) Subsidies for Adult Children

According to Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations, if employer-sponsored group health coverage is affordable’ (based on the employee cost for employee-only coverage), then employees, and any of their dependents who are eligible for the plan, are not eligible for subsidies when purchasing individual coverage through a public Marketplace (Exchange).

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Guidance Issued on HRAs, FSAs, and Premium Reimbursement Plans

The DOL recently issued Technical Release 2013-03 which answers a question that has been unclear since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed. Can employers pay for the purchase of individual health insurance plans for employees on a tax-free basis? The DOL’s answer to this question is no.

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IRS Issues Proposed Employer Reporting Rules

The IRS has released proposed rules related to Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer and insurance carrier reporting requirements. The ACA created two new sections in the Tax Code, section 6055 and 6056.

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Medicare Part D Notice Reminder- Deadline of October 14th

As you may recall, with the introduction of Medicare Part D prescription drug benefits, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) imposed certain notice requirements on employers. Employers are required to notify all Medicare beneficiaries of the “creditable” or “non creditable” coverage status of their prescription drug plan.

 

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Tax Treatment of Benefits Provided to Same-Sex Married Couples

The IRS has issued guidance clarifying the tax treatment of employee benefits provided to same-sex married couples. Prior to the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling, employers who chose to offer benefits to same-sex spouses were generally required to treat the benefits provided to those spouses as taxable income to the employee.

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Sending the Notice of Exchange to Employees

Background
The ACA requires that employers provide employees with a written notice containing the information regarding exchanges and possible subsidies when purchasing individual coverage through a public exchange. Originally the ACA required the notice be provided to employees by March 1, 2013; however, the DOL issued guidance delaying the notice requirement.

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