February 2015 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

IRS Reporting on Employer and Individual Mandates – Final Instructions

On February 9, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final forms and instructions for reporting on individual and employer mandates. The instructions and forms will be used by applicable large employers, insurers and employers with self-insured plans. The Final Rules on Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) and Large Employer reporting were released on March 5, […]

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Eighth Circuit Affirms Denial of Statutory Penalties for Failure to Timely Provide COBRA Election Notice

From EBIA The Eighth Circuit has upheld a trial court’s denial of statutory penalties for failure to timely provide a COBRA election notice. The employee in the case had been on medical leave, exhausted benefits under her employer’s short-term disability (STD) plan in June 2011, and applied for long-term disability (LTD) benefits. Her LTD application […]

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Employee Health Improvement

Increasingly, employers are looking to data analysis and predictive modeling to identify and understand the health factors driving the cost of their health benefits program. With approximately 75% of health care cost attributable to people with chronic diseases, and the extensive body of evidence attributing chronic disease to lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor eating […]

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HRCI Pre-approved* Webinar – Intersection of the Affordable Care Act and ERISA: Health Care Reform & New Claims and Defenses

Join AP Benefit Advisors General Counsel and Vice President-Compliance, Patrick Haynes, for this complimentary HRCI pre-approved* webinar as he discusses the Intersection of the Affordable Care Act and ERISA: Health Care Reform and New Claims and Defenses. Topics to be reviewed: Court Cases Roundup: NFIB v. Sebelius, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., Halbig v. […]

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Important Tax Information in the Mail to Your Clients

Important Tax Information in the Mail to Your Clients Who Bought Coverage through the MD, VA, and DC Marketplaces From Kaiser Permanente By early February, your clients who enrolled in individual plan health coverage in 2014 through the Maryland, Virginia, or D.C. marketplaces should receive a tax statement from the marketplace. They will need this […]

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Health Insurer Anthem Struck By Massive Data Breach

Article from Forbes.com. PDFs (below) from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Today, Anthem Inc., the second largest health insurer in America revealed that hackers broke into the company’s servers and stole social security numbers and other personal information. This is a massive data breach with the potential to expose the information of nearly 80 million […]

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