Open Enrollment 2020 – Benefit Notices

Employers that sponsor group health plans should provide certain benefit notices in connection with their plans’ open enrollment periods.

IRS Expands Preventive Care for HDHPs to Include Chronic Conditions

OVERVIEW On July 17, 2019, the IRS released Notice 2019-45 to add care for a range of chronic conditions to the list of preventive care benefits that can be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) without a deductible. Individuals who are covered by an HDHP generally may establish and make contributions to a … Continue reading IRS Expands Preventive Care for HDHPs to Include Chronic Conditions

Final Rule Expands Options For HRAs

On June 13, 2019, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a final rule that expands the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Effective in 2020, the final rule establishes two new types of HRAs: Individual Coverage HRA: Allows employers to offer an HRA to be used … Continue reading Final Rule Expands Options For HRAs

Executive Order On Healthcare Cost To Affect Employer Health Plans

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order aimed at improving price and quality transparency in health care. The order is intended to increase availability of health care price and quality information and protect patients from surprise medical bills. What’s in the Order? Specifically, the order is aimed at: Eliminating unnecessary barriers to price and … Continue reading Executive Order On Healthcare Cost To Affect Employer Health Plans

DOL Enforcement Actions Are up and Expected to Stay That Way

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently said that he “fully expects” OSHA inspections to increase once new inspectors are trained. Acosta’s remarks are in line with the significant increase in enforcement actions employers have seen in the past two fiscal years. Increased DOL Enforcement Actions The DOL’s enforcement actions across the vast majority of … Continue reading DOL Enforcement Actions Are up and Expected to Stay That Way

DOL Issues Opinion Letter on Gig Worker Classification

In the growing “gig economy,” individuals perform jobs on a one-off or short-term basis, typically through an online application or job marketplace. On April 29, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter addressing whether individuals working for a virtual marketplace company (VMC) are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards … Continue reading DOL Issues Opinion Letter on Gig Worker Classification

Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020. This proposed rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would be applicable for the 2020 benefit year. Standards included in the rule relate to: Annual limitations on cost sharing … Continue reading Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020