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Proposed FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity | Brinson Compliance

The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) released proposed FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act Part XX. The Departments respond to FAQs as part of ...

IRS Changes HSA Limit for 2018 | Brinson Compliance

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released Revenue Procedure 2018-27 to modify the 2018 health savings account (HSA) family contribution limit back to $6,900. This is the second, and likely final, change in limit during 2018. Background In May 2017, the IRS released Revenue Procedure ...

2019 Benefit and Payment Parameters Final Rule | Brinson Compliance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its 2019 Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule. The final rule primarily affects the individual health insurance market inside and outside of the Exchange, the small ...

Compliance Recap | March 2018

March was a quiet month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a bulletin that lowered the family contribution limit for health savings account (HSA) contributions. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its model Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and ...

Compliance Recap | February 2018

February was a quiet month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated its Questions and Answers about Information Reporting by Employers on Form 1094-C and Form 1095-C, its Questions and Answers on Information Reporting by Health Coverage Providers, and its ...

DOL Final Rule on Disability Claims Procedures: Eight Things to Know

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued regulations that relate to the handling of claims and appeals of disability determinations under benefit plans governed by ERISA. The DOL recently announced that April 1, 2018, is the effective date of this rule. The rule governs claims procedure ...

Change to 2018 HSA Contribution Limits for Family Coverage | Brinson Compliance

In March 2018, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-10, which, for some tax-related formulas, adjusted the annual inflation factor from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to a new factor called a “chained CPI.” This is retroactively effective to January 1, 2018. As a result of the change, the ...

2018 IRS Reporting Tip 1| Reporting Offers of COBRA Coverage

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires employers to offer covered employees who lose their health benefits due to a qualifying event to continue group health benefits for a limited time at the employee’s own cost. COBRA provisions are found in the Employee ...

Compliance Recap | January 2018

January was a busy month in the employee benefits world. On January 24, 2018, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed regulations regarding association health plans. HHS ...

Court Modifies Order Regarding EEOC Wellness Rules

In August 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia held that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) failed to provide a reasoned explanation for its decision to adopt 30 percent incentive levels for employer-sponsored wellness programs under both the ...
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