Benefits Buzz Newsletters

Benefits Buzz is a monthly newsletter discussing hot benefit topics and offer compliance guidance to employers of all industries.

Benefits Buzz – June - This month’s Benefits Buzz discusses the Affordable Care Act’s affordability contribution percentage increases for 2017, updated HIPAA self-audit tools and Exchange notifications.

Benefits Buzz May - This month’s Benefits Buzz gives updates on the HIPAA audit program and the Zubik v. Burwell contraceptive coverage case, and takes a look at the possibility of tax incentives for employers who help their employees pay back student debt.

Benefits Buzz – April – This month’s Benefits Buzz discusses Affordable Care Act (ACA) litigation that may affect employers, ACA rule changes for 2017 and the growing utilization of private exchanges.

Benefits Buzz March - This month’s Benefits Buzz covers recent court rulings about the FMLA, ACA rules for employer-provided coverage and Republican efforts to repeal the ACA.

Benefits Buzz February – This month’s Benefits Buzz covers the delay of the Affordable Care Act reporting deadlines, proposed out-of-pocket maximums for 2017 and the exception for individual tax returns and Forms 1095-C and 1095-B.

Benefits Buzz January- This month’s Benefit Buzz covers The Senate’s Repeal of parts of the Affordable Care Act, a government investigation into rising drug costs, and final regulations published for ACA market reform requirements.

Benefits Buzz for December 2015 - This month’s Benefits Buzz covers the repeal of the ACA’s automatic enrollment requirement, 2016 FSA contributions and the Supreme Court hearing on contraceptive coverage for religious groups.

Benefits Buzz November 2015- This month’s Benefits Buzz covers the repeal of the ACA small group market rule, preparations for the Cadillac Tax and information on telemedicine program

Benefits Buzz October 2015- This month’s Benefits Buzz covers the finalized guidelines for electronic reporting under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and 6056, student loan repayment assistance benefits and separate Section 6055 reporting requirements for HRAs

Benefits Buzz September 2015- This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of the IRS draft forms for health coverage reporting, the ACA’s revised affordability percentages and the conflicting federal court rulings regarding Exchange subsidies.

Benefits Buzz August 2015- This month’s Benefits Buzz covers the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on ACA subsidies, final rules on SBC requirements and the draft versions of the 2015 Section 6055 and 6056 forms.

Benefits Buzz July 2015- This month’s Benefits Buzz provides information on embedded out-of-pocket limits, the latest update on the Cadillac tax and a new Q&A on Section 6056.

Benefits Buzz – June 2015- This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of the agencies’ plan to issue final rules for the SBC requirements, how plan offerings are differing by group size and the IRS’ update for 2016 HSA limits.

Benefits Buzz – May 2015- This month’s Benefits Buzz covers the HHS final rule affecting the ACA for 2016, the increase in telemedicine popularity and the impact of the ACA on part-time employee hours.

April 2015 Benefits Buzz - This month’s Benefits Buzz features the new guidance for employer payments of individual premiums and the IRS release of ACA reporting forms and instructions.

Benefits Buzz – March 2015 -  This month’s Benefits Buzz provides information about the individual mandate penalty cap, wellness program popularity and the Supreme Court’s ruling on retiree benefits.

Benefits Buzz – February 2015- This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of proposed regulatory changes to the summary of benefits and coverage, final regulations for the “myRA” and DOL audit warning signs.

Benefits Buzz – January 2015 - This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of the proposed benefit and payment parameters for 2016, the new ACA affordability percentages for 2016 and the ending of the requirement to provide HIPAA Certificates.

Benefits Buzz – December- This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of new prohibitions pertaining to employer reimbursement of individual premiums, the indefinite delay of the Health Plan Identifier requirement and new annual contribution limits for health Flexible Spending Accounts.

Benefits Buzz – November 2014-This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of the final rule that expands the definition of excepted benefits, the IRS proposed approach for pay-or-play measurement period changes and the Marketplace open enrollment dates.

October Benefits Buzz-This month’s Benefits Buzz provides information about employee communication during open enrollment, the release of draft instructions for employer reporting of health coverage and new rules on contraception for religious employers.

September Benefits Buzz-  This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of the IRS draft forms for health coverage reporting, the ACA’s revised affordability percentages and the conflicting federal court rulings regarding Exchange subsidies.

August Benefits Buzz- This month’s Benefits Buzz provides an overview of the Supreme Court ruling on the ACA’s contraceptive mandate, a proposed rule change to the FMLA regarding same-sex spouses and a new final rule on ACA waiting and orientation periods.

Benefits Buzz – July 2014 : This Benefit Buzz provides an overview of the penalties for pre-tax contributions to employee individual health premiums, the new employer SHOP Tools and the recently released FAQs addressing coverage rules.

Benefits Buzz – June: This month’s Benefit Buzz gives an overview of the newly clarified COBRA and Exchange rules. It also lists 2015 contribution limits for health savings accounts and provides updated model notices for COBRA and CHIPRA.

Benefits Buzz – May 2014: This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of the repealed deductible limits for health plans in the small group market, IRS clarification on FSA carryover and HSA eligibility, and the U.S. Supreme Court case on a religious exemption for the ACA’s contraceptive coverage mandate.

Benefits Buzz – April 2014: This month’s Benefits Buzz covers the employer mandate delay for medium-sized employers, 2015 health plan cost-sharing limits and finalized reporting rules for employers and issuers.

Benefits Buzz March 2014: This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of the final employer shared responsibility rules, the new myRA savings option and a lawsuit challenging Affordable Care Act subsidies.

Benefits Buzz February 2014: This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of the proposed expansion of “excepted benefits,” new rules and deadline extension information for HIPAA certification and benefit plan guidance regarding same-sex spouses.

Benefits Buzz January 2014: This month’s Benefits Buzz gives an overview of reinsurance program proposed changes, FF-SHOP online enrollment delays and the new transition policy for insurance policies for 2014.

Benefits Buzz December 2013: This month’s issue discusses relief from individual mandate penalties, changes to health FSA rules and clarification of transition relief for cafeteria plans.

Benefits Buzz November 2013: This month’s issue discusses new ACA guidance on HRAs, FSAs and Cafeteria Plans; new model Notices of Privacy Practices and changes to the small employer credit.

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