Understanding Employee Benefits

FINAL HRA REGULATIONS CREATE NEW HEALTH COVERAGE OPTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES

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On June 13, 2019 the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Department of the Treasury released final regulations that create new healthcare coverage options for employers and employees. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/20/2019-12571/health-reimbursement-arrangements-and-other-account-based-group-health-plans The new coverage options come in the form of two new types of health reimbursement arrangements (“HRAs”),... Read More

Topics: Health Care Reform, Health Plan, Welfare Plans

IRS Begins Issuing ACA Employer Mandate Penalty Notices

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Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indicated that it would begin enforcing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Employer Shared Responsibility provisions (commonly known as the “Employer Mandate”). Last week, the IRS followed through on its promise and began mailing notices informing employers of potential liability for the 2015 reporting year.... Read More

Topics: Health Care Reform, Health Plan, Uncategorized, Welfare Plans

EEOC Loses Another Wellness Case, Part 1

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The EEOC has been bringing lawsuits against employers challenging wellness programs. A recent case involved a company that had previously provided a credit to employees enrolled in the health plan who participated in a health risk assessment (HRA) and biometric screenings. The company had eliminated the credit and instead conditioned... Read More

Topics: Health Care Reform, Health Plan

Business As Usual: Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies

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The United States Supreme Court recently held in King v. Burwell that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits individuals to receive health insurance premium subsidies through federally-facilitated exchanges (in addition to state-based exchanges). Because this decision is consistent with existing agency interpretation, the decision has little direct effect on employer-sponsored... Read More

Topics: ERISA and Other Benefits Litigation, Health Care Reform, Health Plan, Welfare Plans

Some Wellness Benefits are Taxable

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My colleagues blogged on recent wellness guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the three agencies charged with enforcing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Department of Treasury, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The guidance from the EEOC reiterated that compliance... Read More

Topics: Health Care Reform, Health Plan, Payroll