IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2018

OVERVIEW Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits that are periodically increased for inflation. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced cost-of-living adjustments to the annual dollar limits for various welfare and retirement plan limits for 2018. Although some of the limits will remain the same, many of the limits will increase for … Continue reading IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2018

HIPAA Special Enrollment Rights

Group health plans often provide eligible employees with two regular opportunities to elect health coverage—an initial enrollment period when an employee first becomes eligible for coverage and an annual open enrollment period before the start of each plan year. In addition, to make health coverage more portable, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) … Continue reading HIPAA Special Enrollment Rights

PRESIDENT SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER DESIGNED TO CHANGE ACA RULES

OVERVIEW On Oct. 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to change certain rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order would relax regulations on association health plans. This change could allow individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance policies across state lines and avoid certain ACA requirements. The executive … Continue reading PRESIDENT SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER DESIGNED TO CHANGE ACA RULES

NEW REGULATIONS EXPAND EXEMPTIONS FROM THE CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE

On Oct. 6, 2017, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued two interim final rules expanding certain exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate. The first interim final rule expands the availability of the exemption for employers that object to providing contraceptive coverage based … Continue reading NEW REGULATIONS EXPAND EXEMPTIONS FROM THE CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE

HHS Withdraws Rules on HIPAA Certification

OVERVIEW The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health plans to certify to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that their data and information systems comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) electronic transaction standards and operating rules. The ACA specified an initial certification deadline of Dec. 31, 2013. HHS issued … Continue reading HHS Withdraws Rules on HIPAA Certification