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HHS Completes Historic Price Transparency Initiative

Last week, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the Departments of Labor and the Department of the Treasury issued a final rule on price transparency, helping to ensure every American knows how much their healthcare will cost in advance and allowing them to make fully […]

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HRCI & SHRM Pre-Approved Webinar | 2020 Compliance Mid-Year Roundup

Please join us for this HRCI* and SHRM** pre-approved, complimentary, one-hour webinar as Patrick Haynes, AssuredPartners’ General Counsel and SVP of Compliance, covers the following compliance topics through 2020 thus far: IRS Notices 2020-29, 2020-33 Changes to Cafeteria Plans, HCFSAs, HSAs, DCAPs, and more COVID-19 Relief and Changes Other DOL, IRS, and HHS Guidance, including […]

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IRS Releases 2021 Limits for HSAs

On May 20, 2020, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2020-32.  It provides the 2021 inflation-adjusted amounts for HSA-qualified high deductible health plans (HDHPs). The inflation-adjusted increases for 2021 are: HSA-Qualified HDHP Self Coverage: Annual deductible must be $1,400 or more in 2021 (up $50 from 2020), and annual out-of-pocket expenses cannot exceed $7,000 (up $100 […]

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IRS Offers Guidance and Flexibility for Employee Benefit Plans

The Internal Revenue Service today released guidance to allow temporary changes to section 125 cafeteria plans. These changes extend the claims period for healthcare flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs and allow taxpayers to make mid-year changes. The guidance issued today addresses unanticipated changes in expenses because of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus […]

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AssuredPartners Town Hall Webinar | State Reopening Orders & Employee Return to Work Measures

AssuredPartners is pleased to continue our Town Hall meeting series this week with a focus on State Reopening Orders and Employee Return to Work Measures. Based on significant demand from our customers, we will cover the following topics for discussion with our presenters: Recent DOL and IRS Changes for COBRA, Special Enrollments, and Claims Deadlines State […]

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DOL Issues COVID-19 Relief and Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued deadline relief and other guidance under Title I of ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) to help employee benefit plans, plan participants and beneficiaries, employers and other plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, and other service providers impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. […]

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CARES ACT – COVID-19 FAQs – Cost Sharing for COVID-19 Testing

On April 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Treasury (together, the departments) issued FAQ guidance regarding implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and other health coverage issues related to […]

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IRS and Departments of Treasury and Labor Announce Plan to Implement Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small & Midsize Businesses

Over the weekend, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief […]

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IRS HDHP-HSA Plans May Cover Coronavirus Costs as Preventive Care

Today, in IRS Notice 2020-15, the Internal Revenue Service advised that HDHPs (High-Deductible Health Plans) can pay for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related testing and treatment, without jeopardizing their status. This also means that an individual with an HDHP that covers these costs may continue to contribute to a health savings account (HSA).   In Notice […]

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HRCI & SHRM Pre-Approved Webinar | Department of Labor Audits: How to Prepare and What to Expect – Your Survival Guide

The DOL (U.S. Department of Labor) audits of welfare benefit plans are happening with greater frequency for companies of all sizes. Are you ready to spend months preparing to comply with and survive the audit? Did you know the following can be the basis for a DOL Audit: Complaints by welfare benefit plan participants to […]

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