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HHS Proposes to Rescind Adoption of HDIP

On December 19, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed regulations to rescind the requirement that employers and plan sponors obtain and use a unique health plan identifier (HPID).

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Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave

Reminder! Premiums for the new Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance begin on January 1, 2019!

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Texas Judge Issues Controversial ACA Ruling

A Texas district court judge has issued a decision in Texas v. Azar, ruling that the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional.

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Incorporating Telehealth into Your Employee Benefit Offering

With employer and employee healthcare costs continuing to increase each year (Health Research Institute predicts the medical cost trend for 2019 will be 6 percent ), companies are looking for ways to help mitigate that rising cost with a variety of technologies.

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The State of Massachusetts has Introduced a New Employer Reporting Requirement

Massachusetts has introduced a new employer reporting requirement. The Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) form must be completed annually by all employers, even those located outside the state, that have six or more employees working in Massachusetts.

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IRS Extends Due Date for Employers to Provide Form 1095 to Employees and Participants

Similar to the last couple years, the IRS announced in Notice 2018-94 that it has extended the due date for employers and insurance companies to provide 2018 Form 1095s to individuals.

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‘Tis the Season – HB 79 Alaska’s 2018 Workers’ Compensation Legislation

Let’s take a minute to understand how last year’s workers’ compensation legislation will affect your business and what you have to look forward to down the road.

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Employee Benefit Strategies for a Seasonal Workforce

Whether you’re in the produce, packaging, or distributing industry, the rising cost of healthcare continues to be at the forefront of each respective industry’s budget process.

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Why Your Directors and Officers
Need to be Protected with Management Liability Insurance

Companies need insurance, whether they are required to purchase by their banks, landlords, or owners who simply wish to transfer their organization’s risks to a third party.

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IRS Announces 2019 Health FSA Limits

In Revenue Procedure 2018-57, the IRS sets forth a variety of 2019 adjusted tax limits. Among other things, the notice addresses slightly increased limits for employee contributions toward health flexible spending accounts (FSAs).

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IRS Now Assessing §4980H Penalties
for the 2016 Plan Year

The IRS began assessing §4980H (Employer Mandate) penalties late in 2017 by sending Letter 226Js. Letters are being received by applicable large employers who appear to owe a penalty based on the self-reporting submitted via Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. Through September 2018, the letters were tied to proposed assessments for the 2015 calendar year, but now […]

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New HRA Rules Issued

The Department of the Treasury; Department of Labor, and The Department of Health and Human Services (the Departments) have jointly issued proposed regulations designed to expand the use of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). The new rules would allow HRAs to be used to pay for individual health insurance policies, create a new type of limited […]

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