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2020 ACA Reporting for Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements

The IRS recently released final instructions for both the 1094-B and 1095-B forms and the 1094-C and 1095-C forms and the final forms for 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C. The forms have generally remained unchanged from prior years. As a reminder, individuals do not pay a penalty for failure ...

IRS Releases Final Forms and Instructions for 2020 ACA Reporting

The IRS recently released final instructions for both the 1094-B and 1095-B forms and the 1094-C and 1095-C forms and the final forms for 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C. The forms have generally remained unchanged from prior years. As a reminder, individuals do not pay a penalty for failure ...

Compliance Recap | September 2020

September was a relatively quiet month in the employee benefits world. President Trump issued an executive order on An America-First Healthcare Plan, noting the Administration’s actions on healthcare and planned actions going forward. A federal district court halted the repeal of certain ...

Pandemic Performance Reviews: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

After reading the headlines of the morning paper or skimming your online newsfeed, it is hard to deny that 2020 has been a year of dramatic change. From the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to increased regulations around international travel and the uptick in children and parents learning and ...

IRS Notice 2020-76 Provides Relief for 2020 ACA Reporting

As the deadline for reporting of group health coverage offered in 2020 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) approaches, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has issued IRS Notice 2020-76 (Notice) regarding deadline extensions and requirements as it has done in prior years. ...

What’s in a Name? How Unconscious Bias Affects Recruitment

Modern recruiters are trained to evaluate resumes for a potential match, screening for skills and accomplishments. The first words a recruiter sees are likely those at the top of the page…the candidate’s name. While many of us would not knowingly use the gender or ethnicity of a candidate to ...

FFCRA DOL Reacts to Court Decision Partially Invalidating Temporary Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released updated temporary regulations implementing the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The EFMLEA provides qualifying ...

Advocacy in Action | Member Cost Liability

A member reached out to the Purple Card because of a notice that she had received from her insurance company. It looked like they had shipped her $1,000+ medication and she had yet to provide authorization. Just as any person would be, she was concerned about being liable for the cost of the ...

FFCRA Leave Department of Labor Temporary Regulations Part 2

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released temporary regulations implementing the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The EFMLEA provides qualifying employees ...

Medicare Part D Notices

If your health benefit plan covers any employee, or their covered dependents, who is eligible for Medicare, this applies to you. If you know that your plan does not cover any Medicare eligible individuals (employee or dependent) then you do not need to send this notice. If your medical plan ...