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Retain Employees with Student Loan Reimbursement

For the past six months, Washington State has been experiencing the lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years. Washington has gained over 83,000 jobs, across both the public and private sectors since April 2018. In such a competitive environment for talent, what are you doing to differentiate your organization and attract and retain the best and brightest candidates?

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HHS Proposes Rolling Back Section 1557 Discrimination Protections Related to Gender Identity

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has released proposed regulations that would make significant changes to existing HHS guidance related to discrimination provisions contained in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Background In 2016, HHS released final rules implementing ACA Section 1557, which prohibits certain types […]

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HSA Requirements and Limits for 2020

The IRS released the 2020 health savings account (HSA) annual contribution limits and high deductible health plan (HDHP) requirements in IRS Rev. Proc. 2019-25 — https://www.irs.gov/irb/2019-22_IRB#REV-PROC-2019-25. The updated annual dollar amounts are set forth below. 2020 Annual HSA Contribution Limits* Self-only (single) HDHP coverage = $3,550 ($3,500 in 2019) Other than self-only (family) HDHP coverage […]

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REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due July 31

Employers who sponsored self-funded medical plans ending sometime during 2018 must report and pay the ACA Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees no later than July 31, 2019. PCORI fees apply to plan years ending after Sept 30, 2012 and before Oct 1, 2019 (including short plan years), so for plan years ending in October, […]

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