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Thursday, February 16, 2017
The IRS Office of Chief Counsel has issued a memorandum clarifying the tax treatment of certain types of fixed indemnity plans offered by employers. The memorandum states that the benefits provided by a fixed indemnity health plan must be treated as taxable income to an employee if the plan is employer-paid or if the employee […]
Monday, January 30, 2017
The 21st Century Cures Act (“Act”), passed and signed into law in December, includes a provision creating what is called a “Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement” (“QSEHRA”). A QSEHRA allows small employers who do not offer group health insurance to their employees to provide money to employees on a tax-free basis; the money can be used to pay for individual health insurance policies and to reimburse employees for certain medical expenses.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Prescription painkillers are everywhere, literally. According to IMS Health, in the United States alone, 249 million opioid prescriptions were written in 2015. For reasons that are unclear, it appears to be a societal issue; Americans consume 80% of the world’s opiate-based prescriptions.
Monday, January 23, 2017
On his first day in office, President Trump issued an executive order instructing regulatory agencies with authority over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to take any action possible “to the maximum extent permitted by law…to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of…[the ACA].” The order itself does not actually change any current […]
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
With construction booming across the entire Puget Sound Region, Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIP) have become a popular strategy to insure a project’s onsite assets. But these programs can vary in effectiveness based on a large number of factors, and may not always be the most appropriate coverage for a specific project.
Monday, November 21, 2016
The IRS has issued Notice 2016-70 delaying the due date for employers and insurers to provide the 2016 Forms 1095-C and 1095-B to employees and plan participants. The notice extends the deadline 30 days from January 31, 2017, to March 2, 2017. Note that the deadline for filing the required forms with the IRS was […]
Friday, November 18, 2016
The results of the 2016 election will obviously have a significant impact on employer sponsored benefits. In the short time since the election, much has already been written about how the governmental shift could affect a wide range of public policies. This issue brief, however, will focus only on employer sponsored health and welfare benefits, […]
Friday, October 28, 2016
Product liability insurance is designed to cover the costs associated with bodily injury and property damage caused by your product. For example, say you manufacture pellet stoves and your stove does not properly function, burns down a customer’s house, and injures a customer.
Friday, October 28, 2016
In Revenue Procedure 2016-55, released last week, the IRS set forth a variety of 2017 adjusted tax limits. Among other things, the notice addresses slightly increased limits for health flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – 2017 Annual Limitation of $2,600 Health care reform imposed a $2,500 limit on annual salary reduction […]
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The IRS has released the 2016 final forms and instructions for the ACA employer reporting requirement. The final forms are almost identical to the draft forms released in August, with only minor clarifying language in the instructions. While final forms and instructions have been released for both the “B” and the “C” forms, this summary […]
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
In today’s market, retaining talent requires more than offering a high salary. Considering that losing a high-value employee can cost an organization more than twice the cost of the employee’s salary, companies are using creative strategies to hold onto the best and the brightest. Parker, Smith & Feek’s Tim Nierman has creative plans on Employee […]
Friday, October 7, 2016
For the last several months, individuals responsible for healthcare compliance have been receiving information about the new rules under the ACA. At this point, most organizations should be or are on the way to modifying their practices to comply. While most of the requirements took effect on July 18th, posting of patient notices becomes effective on October 16th, 2016.