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Employee benefits are an important part of every employees' total compensation package. The continuously evolving landscape in the areas of health care reform, retirement plan design, and executive compensation makes it difficult for employee benefits professionals to keep up with relevant developments. The employee benefits attorneys at Stinson Leonard Street provide human resources professionals, plan fiduciaries, actuaries, accountants, and others in the industry with practical and cost-effective assistance as they navigate through the complex laws, regulations and guidance that govern employee benefits plans. This blog highlights key developments in the employee benefits field and items of interest to our clients. Our Bloggers →

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Expanded 1099 Reporting Requirements Repealed

By Jeffrey Cairns | April 20, 2011

Health Care Reform This is the thirteenth in a series of articles about health care reform. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the Act) amended Section 6041 of the Internal Revenue Code to expand the types of payees and payments that must be reported by business taxpayers beginning in 2012. Under the Act, a...

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March 2011 Developments – Delay of Federal Enforcement of Claims Procedures and Change in State Income Taxation of Health Benefits in Minnesota

By Lori | March 28, 2011

Health Care Reform This is the twelfth in a series of articles about health care reform. One year after the enactment of the health care reform legislation on March 23, 2010, changes are still being made on both the federal and state levels. This article addresses one recent federal policy and one state law change from the State of...

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In Holiday Spirit, IRS Defers Nondiscrimination Requirement for Insured Health Plans

By Angela Bohmann | December 22, 2010

Health Care Reform This is the eleventh in a series of articles about health care reform. In October of this year, we published an article, available here, describing the new health care reform requirement that non-grandfathered fully insured health plans must not discriminate in favor of highly compensated individuals. We mentioned...

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Stiff Penalties for Paying Disproportionate Share of Executive’s Premiums

By Angela Bohmann | October 20, 2010

Health Care Reform This is the ninth in a series of articles about health care reform. This article addresses a provision of the Health Care Reform Law that has not gotten as much press as some of the other provisions, such as the requirement to cover adult children to age 26 or the elimination of lifetime limits on coverage. It...

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Benefit Claims Review Process After PPACA

By Lori | September 23, 2010

Health Care Reform This is the eighth in a series of articles about health care reform. This Q&A focuses on new joint interim final regulations from the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The regulations address the internal and external benefit claims review...

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Preventive Care Health Coverage Mandate

By Angela Bohmann | August 17, 2010

Health Care Reform This is the seventh in a series of articles about health care reform. Q.1 What do the new rules require? A.1 The new rules require nongrandfathered group health plans and group and individual health insurance polices see previous grandfathered article to provide certain preventive services to enrollees under the...

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Retaining Grandfathered Plan Status Under New Regulations

By Lori | July 6, 2010

Health Care Reform This is the fifth in a series of articles about health care reform. Q.1 What is a grandfathered plan? A.1 A grandfathered plan is a group health plan or individual insurance policy that was in existence on March 23, 2010. These plans are able to take advantage of certain delayed effective dates for changes...

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Wellness Programs

By Angela Bohmann | May 18, 2010

Health Care Reform This is the fourth in a series of articles about health care reform. Q.1 I have heard that there are provisions in the Act to encourage the development of wellness programs in health plans. Is that true? A.1 Yes. One provision in the Act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop requirements...

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Tax Incentives and Revenue Increases

By Jeffrey Cairns | May 5, 2010

Health Care Reform This is the third in a series of articles  about health care reform. The following questions and answers are organized by the effective date of the particular provision. Effective in 2010 Q.1 I heard that some small employers are eligible to receive a business tax credit for making contributions to purchase...

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Impact on Grandfathered Employer Plans

By Angela Bohmann | April 21, 2010

Health Care Reform This is the second in a series of articles about health care reform. Q.1 What is a grandfathered plan? A.1 Group health plans in effect on March 23, 2010, are considered grandfathered plans. Having grandfathered plan status significantly affects the application of health care reform. Certain deadlines for changes...

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