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IRS and PPACA: New Employer Mandate Guidance

The IRS issued its long awaited proposed rules implementing the employer mandate provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on Friday, December 28th  (Rules here and FAQs here). Under the mandate, a “large employer” (defined as an employer that employs 50 or more full time employees or full-time equivalents (see our prior guidance […]

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HHS Guidance New PPACA $63 Per Head Fee

HHS Guidance:  $63 per head fee to help stabilize the individual health insurance market from 2014 to 2016. Update, March 6, 2013 With the issue of the Final Regulations on Friday, March 1, 2013 (and a new CMS/HHS Fact Sheet) we have confirmation of some nuances here. The fee will apply to former employees and […]

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Seven Factors Driving Up Your Health Care Costs

By Julie Appleby, KHN Staff Writer There is no one villain in the battle against rising health care costs. Currently, the United States spends more on health care services than any other country, exceeding $2.6 trillion, or about 18 percent of gross domestic product. Most years, medical spending rises faster than inflation and the economy […]

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PPACA update: The IRS/DOL/HHS Issued Notices on Full-Time (30 hours), the 90-Day Waiting Period and Affordability

On the last Friday in August, the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health & Human Services quietly issued two new notices that attempt to provide employers with some insight and guidance on how to determine which workers are “full-time employees” who must be offered coverage under PPACA (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of […]

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The IRS has relaxed PPACA’s $2500 HCFSA cap for non-calendar year HCFSAs

Yesterday the IRS provided some relief for non 1/1 HCFSA plans.   Under current law there is no dollar-limit-cap on HCFSAs.  However, since HCFSAs contain a “uniform coverage provision”, meaning that the entire annual election is made available on the first day of the plan year, employers self-regulate their HCFSAs caps.  Employers that are worried about […]

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IRS Issues Additional/Revised Guidance on W-2 Reporting of Health Benefits

With the release of Notice 2012-9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has given more advice about how employers, benefit plan administrators and others should go about applying the new Form W-2 health benefits cost reporting requirements that were mandated by PPACA.  This latest guidance (23 pages) updates, expands and replaces prior IRS Notices 2010-69 and […]

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