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Self-insured win partial PPACA fee exemption

From BenefitsPro.com Self-insured employers and self-administered health plans are about to catch a break, thanks to fine-tuning of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by the Departmentof Health and Human Services. In a soon-to-be-published compendium of rule modifications, HHS says it will exempt certain self-insured employers from the second two years of paying the […]

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2013 Revised Healthcare Reform Timelines, Version 11

If you want to see 10 pages of health reform in a 1 page timeline (well, 1 page for Employers and 1 page for Employees) then please visit our website (www.apbenefitadvisors.com/news). But, if you are looking for details specific to just a certain year or plan, then you can’t do better than this implementation timeline […]

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IRS Proposes New Rules on Employer Mandate

On Sept. 5, 2013, the IRS released two long-awaited proposed rules governing health care coverage information reporting requirements. These requirements were originally supposed to apply to coverage in 2014 but the IRS has decided to delay these reporting requirements until 2015, in conjunction with the employer mandate delay. [Read prior news about the delay here]. […]

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Links to Federal and State Exchanges/Marketplaces

Listed below you will see the website addresses for the Federal Exchange (now called the Marketplace) as well as each State’s Marketplace.   If your state is not listed please use the Federal Marketplace (link) and you’ll receive information about the Federal Exchange/Marketplace. US/Federal                    http://www.healthcare.gov/ California                      http://www.coveredca.com/ Colorado                      http://www.connectforhealthco.com/ Connecticut                   http://www.accesshealthct.com/ District […]

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IRS Issues Final Rule on the Individual Mandate

On August 27, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a final rule for the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). As a reminder, the individual mandate requires most individuals to have minimum essential coverage (MEC) in 2014 or pay a penalty. The penalty is called a shared responsibility payment. […]

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How Will Income be Verified in the Exchanges?

We’ve all been asking ourselves how will the IRS/DOL/HHS verify the income that consumers say they are earning?  Will they only look at last year’s filed W-2/1040? Well, wait no longer.  CMS issued guidance this week on just this issue.  Their new FAQ describes a multi-step verification process that begins with the projected annual household […]

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PPACA-Obamacare Employer Mandate Pushed Back to 2015

The Employer Mandate portion of PPACA (“The Affordable Care Act”, aka Obamacare) has been pushed back to 2015.  The law’s Individual Mandate has not been pushed back, and neither have PPACA’s taxes and fees. The White House, on the evening of July 2, in a blog posting from Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President, […]

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DOMA Unconstitutional: What's Next for my Employee Benefit Plans?

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court found section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional, employers, plan sponsors and employees are E-mailing and calling with questions. How soon can we amend our tax returns from single and single to married filing jointly?  When will the imputed income stop?  When will my spouse be allowed to enroll? […]

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