Bulletins - Public Sector

September 2014

GASB Exposure Drafts Propose New Disclosures for Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB)
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November 2013

November 2013 Bulletin, "For 2014, Increases in Some IRS Dollar Limits and Social Security Figures"
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July 2013

July 2013 Bulletin, "Implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision for Public Sector Plans"
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April 2013

April 2013 Bulletin, "Moody’s Revised New Approach to Adjusting Reported State and Local Government Pension Data"
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December 2012

December 2012 Bulletin, "2013 Assessments Under the New York Health Care Reform Act"
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October 2012

October 2012 Bulletin, "For 2013, Increases in Many IRS Dollar Limits, Social Security Benefits and the PBGC Guarantee Limit"
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July 2012

July 2012 Bulletin, "Moody’s Requests Comments on Proposal to Adjust Pension Liabilities and Costs Reported for State and Local Government Pension Plans"
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July 2012 Bulletin, "Implications for Plan Sponsors of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on the Affordable Care Act"
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March 2012

March 2012 Bulletin, "Final Rule Issued on Summary of Benefits and Coverage Required by the Affordable Care Act"
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December 2011

December 2011 Bulletin, "2012 Assessments Under the New York Health Care Reform Act"
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November 2011

November 2011 Bulletin, "For 2012, Increases in Many IRS Dollar Limits, Social Security Benefits and PBGC Guarantee Limit"
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August 2011

August 2011 Bulletin, "GASB’s Exposure Draft on Proposed Changes to Pension Accounting Standards for Public Sector Employers"
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November 2010

November 2010 Bulletin, "For 2011, No Change in IRS Dollar Limits, Social Security Wage Base, PBGC Premiums or PBGC Guarantee Limit"
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August 2010

August 2010 Bulletin, "Agencies Release Regulations on Preventive Care under the Affordable Care Act"
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July 2010

July 2010 Bulletin, "GASB’s Preliminary Views on Proposed Changes to Pension Accounting Standards for Public Sector Employers"
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July 2010 Bulletin, "Latest Agency Regulations Address the Affordable Care Act’s Rules for Group Health Plans"
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June 2010

June 2010 Bulletin, "Regulations on 'Grandfathering' under the Affordable Care Act"
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May 2010

May 2010 Bulletin, "Regulations on Group Health Plan Coverage of Adult Children Released"
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April 2010

April 2010 Bulletin, "National Health Care Reform Becomes Law"
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April 2010 Bulletin, "2010 Assessments Under the New York Health Care Reform Act"
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March 2010

March 2010 Bulletin, "MHPAEA Regulations Released"
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December 2009

December 2009 Bulletin, "COBRA Premium Subsidy Extended"
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October 2009

October 2009 Bulletin, “For 2010, IRS Dollar Limits and Social Security Wage Base Unchanged; Only PBGC Single Employer Premium to Increase, No Change in PBGC Guarantee Limit Anticipated”
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October 2009 Bulletin, "GINA Regulations Require Redesign of Health Plan Wellness and Disease Management Incentives"
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September 2009

September 2009 Bulletin, “Final Regulations on HITECH Security Breach Notification for HIPAA Protected Health Information”
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July 2009

July 2009 Bulletin, “Claiming Damages and Evaluating New Prescription Drug Pricing Methodologies in the Wake of Two Final Settlements of a Class Action AWP Lawsuit: Action Needed by July 9, 2009”
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May 2009

May 2009 Bulletin, "2009 H1N1 Flu: Tips for Plan Sponsors"
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April 2009

April 2009 Bulletin, "Public Sector Compliance Wrap-up"
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March 2009

March 2009 Bulletin, "Out-of-Network Fee Schedules Will Soon Need to Change"
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March 2009 Bulletin, "New York State Raises 2009 Assessments Under the Health Care Reform Act"
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March 2009 Bulletin, "Stimulus Law Includes Major Changes to HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules"
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February 2009

February 2009 Bulletin, "The Stimulus Law’s Temporary Subsidy for COBRA Premiums"
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February 2009 Bulletin, "Public Sector Plans Must Review CHIP Reauthorization Requirements for Special Enrollment and Notices"
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February 2009 Bulletin, "2009 Assessments Under the New York Health Care Reform Act"
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January 2009

January 2009 Bulletin, "Medicare Mandatory Insurer Reporting for Public Sector Health Plans"
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January 2009 Bulletin, "Connecticut Licenses Same-Gender Marriages"
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November 2008

November 2008 Bulletin, "Final Massachusetts Minimum Creditable Coverage Regulations"
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November 2008 Bulletin, "IRS Guidance on Health FSA Distributions to Reservists"
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November 2008 Bulletin, "New Law Requires Parity in Coverage for Mental Health"
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October 2008

October 2008 Bulletin, "Health Coverage Extended for College Students Taking Medical Leaves of Absence"
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October 2008 Bulletin, "Indexed Numbers for 2009: IRS Dollar Limits, Social Security Factors and the PBGC Premiums and Guarantee Limit"
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October 2008 Bulletin, "New York State Extends Health Care Reform Act and Introduces an Additional, Temporary Assessment"
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September 2008

September 2008 Bulletin, "Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008"
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June 2008

June 2008 Bulletin, "Health Plan Implications of the California Court Ruling Allowing Same-Gender Marriages"
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June 2008 Bulletin, "Implications of the New Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act for Public Sector Health Plans"
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April 2008

April 2008 Bulletin, "Key Changes to the Federal Family & Medical Leave Act"
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January 2008

January 2008 Bulletin, "New Guidance Affecting Health Plans Offering Wellness Programs"
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November 2007

November 2007 Bulletin, "2008 Assessments Under the New York Health Care Reform Act"
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October 2007

October 2007 Bulletin,"Indexed Numbers for 2007: IRS Dollar Limits, Social Security Factors and the PBGC Premiums and Guarantee Limit"
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October 2007 Bulletin, "Effect on Prescription Drug Pricing of Expected Settlement of a Class Action Lawsuit on AWP"
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October 2007 Bulletin,"Final Regulations for Section 403(b) Plans"
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September 2007

September 2007 Bulletin, "IRS Issues Final Rules Clarifying Dependent Care Expense Reimbursement"
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August 2007

August 2007 Bulletin, "GASB Issues New Pension Disclosure Rules"
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July 2007

July 2007 Bulletin, "New York Health Care Reform Act Extended through March 21, 2008 and 2007 Assessments Revised"
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June 2007

June 2007 Bulletin, “CMS Announces Final RDS Reconciliation Process”
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June 2007 Bulletin, “Retired Public Safety Officers May Pay for Health Coverage with Retirement Benefits”
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June 2007 Bulletin, "Federal Appeals Court Upholds EEOC's Proposed 'Erie County' Exemption to the ADEA"
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May 2007

May 2007 Bulletin, “Massachusetts’ Cafeteria Plan Mandate”
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March 2007

March 2007 Bulletin, “Multiemployer Funds and Remote Access to ePHI: New HIPAA Security Rule Guidance”
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February 2007

February 2007 Bulletin, “What Public Sector Employers Need to Know about Recent IRS Retirement Distribution Guidance”
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January 2007

January 2007 Bulletin, "New York Health Care Reform Act Rates Published for 2007"
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January 2007 Bulletin, "What Public Sector Employers Need to Know about the IRS Rules for Electronic Plan Notices and Elections"
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January 2007 Bulletin, "GASB Exposure Draft Proposes New Pension Disclosures"
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January 2007 Bulletin, "Final HIPAA Nondiscrimination Regulations Issued"
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January 2007 Bulletin, “HSA Expansions in the Tax Relief and Health Care Fund”
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January 2007 Bulletin, "New Jersey Becomes Third State to Recognize Civil Unions"
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January 2007 Bulletin, “IRS Confirms Transit Expenses Can Be Paid Using Debit, Credit or Smart Cards”
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December 2006

December 2006 Bulletin, “Deadline for Health Plans to Use New HIPAA National Provider Identifier Approaching”
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November 2006

November 2006 Bulletin, "New TRICARE Rule Affects Coordination of Group Health Plans and Military Coverage"
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October 2006

October 2006 Bulletin, "Indexed Numbers for 2007: IRS Dollar Limits, Social Security Factors and the PBGC Premiums and Guarantee Limit"
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August 2006

August 2006 Bulletin, "Final IRS Rules on Comparable Contributions to HSAs"
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August 2006 Bulletin, "Massachusetts Health Care Reform Affects Employers"
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August 2006 Bulletin, "Pension Protection Act of 2006 Affects Public Sector Plans"
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August 2006 Bulletin, "Debit Card Use Expanded to Medical, Dependent Care Claims"
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June 2006

June 2006 Bulletin, "IRS Proposes Rules Clarifying Dependent Care Expense Reimbursement"
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May 2006

May 2006 Bulletin, "CMS Revises Creditable Coverage Guidance and Issues New Model Notices"
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January 2006

January 2006 Bulletin, "New York Health Care Reform Act: Rates Higher in 2006"
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January 2006 Bulletin, "WFTRA Technical Corrections Law Resolves Part of the Problem with 'Dependent' Definition for DCAPs and HSAs"
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January 2006 Bulletin, "Guidance on Disclosing Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Status to CMS"
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December 2005

December 2005 Bulletin, "New Guidance for Employers that Offer HSAs and Insured Plans with State-Mandated Benefits and/or Health FSAs"
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October 2005

October 2005 Bulletin, "New Numbers for 2006: IRS Dollar Limits, Social Security Factors and the PBGC Guarantee Limit"
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October 2005 Bulletin, "GASB Issues Long-Awaited OPEB Implementation Guide"
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October 2005 Bulletin, "IRS Proposes New HSA Rules on Comparable Contributions"
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August 2005

August 2005 Bulletin, "Accounting for Termination Benefits: GASB Statement No. 47"
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August 2005 Bulletin, "Retiree Drug Subsidy Application Process Begins"
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July 2005

July 2005 Bulletin, "Treatment of Account-Based Health Arrangements under the MMA: CMS Guidance"
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June 2005

June 2005 Bulletin, "SAVE Initiative Legislation"
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June 2005 Bulletin, "'Use-it-or-Lose-it' Rule for FSAs Is Relaxed Slightly"
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June 2005 Bulletin, "CMS Issues Guidance on Notices of Creditable Coverage"
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June 2005 Bulletin, "Medicare Part D Guidance Addresses Employer-Paid Rx Coverage for Retirees"
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May 2005

May 2005 Bulletin, "New Laws Change Health Plan Continuation of Coverage Requirements for Veterans"
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February 2005

February 2005 Bulletin, "Final Regulations Implement the New Medicare Rx Benefit"
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February 2005 Bulletin, "Becoming a Prescription Drug Plan Sponsor under the Medicare Modernization Act"
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February 2005 Bulletin, "Automatic Rollovers of Mandatory Distributions from Retirement Plans: Guidance"
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January 2005

January 2005 Bulletin, "Agencies Issue Final HIPAA Portability Regulation"
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December 2004

December 2004 Bulletin, "Benefit Implications of the New IRC Definition of 'Dependent'"
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November 2004

November 2004 Bulletin, "New California Law Mandates Equal Insurance Coverage for Domestic Partners"
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October 2004

October 2004 Bulletin, "Final Regulations for the Minimum Distribution Rules for Pensions and Other News for Public Sector Retirement Plans"
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October 2004 Bulletin, "New Numbers for 2005: IRS Dollar Limits, Social Security Factors and the PBGC Guarantee Limit"
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September 2004

September 2004 Bulletin, "Complying with the Final FLSA Regulations: Recommended Steps for Higher Education"
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August 2004

August 2004 Bulletin, "Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions: GASB's Final Standards"
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August 2004 Bulletin, "The Final FLSA Regulations"
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August 2004 Bulletin, "Comprehensive HSA Guidance"
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July 2004

July 2004 Bulletin, "IRS Guidance on HSAs and State-Mandated Benefits Laws"
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June 2004

June 2004 Bulletin, "The Final COBRA Notice Rules"
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June 2004 Bulletin, "New IRS Guidance: Offering HSAs with Existing Health Plans"
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April 2004

April 2004 Bulletin, "Additional Guidance on Health Savings Accounts"
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March 2004

March 2004 Bulletin, "Covering Over-the-Counter Medicine and Drugs: Implications of IRS Guidance for Sponsors of FSAs and HRAs"
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March 2004 Bulletin, "Increased Federal Payments to Medicare HMOs under the New Medicare Law May Help Sponsors of Health Plans that Cover Retirees"
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February 2004

February 2004 Bulletin, "First Guidance on Health Savings Accounts"
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January 2004

January 2004 Bulletin, "New Jersey Law Formalizes Domestic Partnerships"
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January 2004 Bulletin, "Benefit Implications of the Massachusetts Court Ruling Allowing Same-Gender Marriage"
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January 2004 Bulletin, "Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003"
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November 2003

November 2003 Bulletin, "'Pay or Play' in California: The Health Insurance Act of 2003"
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November 2003 Bulletin, "Final Regulations on Public Sector 457 Plans"
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October 2003

October 2003 Bulletin, "New Numbers for 2004: Social Security Factors, IRS Dollar Limits, PBGC Guarantee Limits and Medicare Rates"
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June 2003

June 2003 Bulletin, "Final HIPAA EDI Rules"
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June 2003 Bulletin, "IRS Guidance on Substantiating Claims Paid with Debit Cards"
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April 2003

April 2003 Bulletin, "Final HIPAA Security Rules"
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March 2003

March 2003 Bulletin, "GASB Proposes Balance Sheet Reporting of Liabilities for Retiree Health and Other Postemployment Benefits"
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October 2002

October 2002 Bulletin, "Final HIPAA Privacy Rules"
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October 2002 Bulletin, "2003 Social Security Factors, 2003 IRS Dollar Limits for Retirement Plans, the 2003 PBGC Guarantee Limit and the Medicare Premium and Deductible Rates for 2003"
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July 2002

July 2002 Bulletin, "IRS Issues Long-Awaited, New Proposed Public Sector Plan Section 457 Regulations"
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June 2002

June 2002 Bulletin, "HIPAA EDI Model Compliance Plan Form Published"
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April 2002

April 2002 Bulletin, "New Tax Advantages for Section 529 Plans May Increase Their Appeal as a Voluntary Employee Benefit"
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February 2002

February 2002 Bulletin, "Mental Health Parity Act Extended; Congress May Seek to Expand Law this Year"
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January 2002

January 2002 Bulletin, "HIPAA EDI Compliance Deadline Extended"
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October 2001

October 2001 Bulletin,"2002 Social Security Factors, 2002 PBGC Guarantee Limit and 2002 IRS Dollar Limits for Retirement Plans"
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September 2001

September 2001 Bulletin, "Public Sector Plan Issues in the Wake of the September 11 Tragedies"
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August 2001

August 2001 Bulletin, "House Passes Its Version of Patients Bill of Rights Proposal"
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July 2001

July 2001 Bulletin, "Recent Legal Rulings Address Contraceptive Coverage"
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July 2001 Bulletin, "Senate Passes Patients' Bill of Rights Legislation"
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June 2001

June 2001 Bulletin, "Provisions in New Tax Law Affect Public Sector Retirement Plans" (Also available here, a link to an In Depth on this subject.)
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May 2001

May 2001 Bulletin, "Census 2000 Data Shows Characteristics of National Population" (Also available here, a link to an In Depth on this subject.)
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March 2001

March 2001 Bulletin, "Final Health Information Privacy Rules Issued"
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February 2001

February 2001 Segal Special Report, "The Aging of Aquarius: The Baby Boom Generation Matures"
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February 2001 Bulletin, "Interim Final Regulations on HIPAA Nondiscrimination and Proposed Rules on Wellness Plans Issued" (Also available here, a link to an In Depth on this subject.)
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November 2000

November 2000 Bulletin, "New York Reverses Course on POS Plan Community Rating and Implements Changes to Health Care Surcharge System"
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October 2000

October 2000 Bulletin, "2001 IRS Dollar Limits for Retirement Plans and 2001 Social Security Factors"
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September 2000

September 2000 Bulletin, "Health Plans Must Accept Electronic Claims by October 2002" (Also available here, a link to an In Depth on this subject.)
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August 2000

August 2000 Bulletin, "E-Signature Law Has Employee Benefit Implications"
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June 2000

June 2000 Bulletin, "IRS Issues Final and New Proposed Rules on Mid-Year Changes in Cafeteria Plan Elections"
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May 2000

May 2000 Bulletin, "Massachusetts Mental Health Parity Act Becomes Law"
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March 2000

March 2000 Bulletin, "Tax Portion of Minimum Wage Bill Would Affect Governmental Plans, But Swift Enactment is Uncertain"
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March 2000 Bulletin, "California Law Extends Medicaid Discount Pricing for Prescription Drugs to Medicare Beneficiaries"
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February 2000

February 2000 Bulletin, "Forthcoming IRS Bulletin May Affect Severance Pay Plans for Governmental and Tax-Exempt Employers"
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February 2000 Bulletin, "IRS Issues Revised Model Rollover Notice"
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February 2000 Bulletin, "HCRA 2000 Extends and Modifies New York's Health Care Surcharge System"
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January 2000

January 2000 Bulletin, "Proposed Regulations for Protecting the Privacy of Medical Records"
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December 1999

December 1999 Bulletin, "Expiration Date Looms for New York Health Care Surcharge System"
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October 1999

October 1999 Bulletin "2000 IRS Dollar Limits for Retirement Plans and 2000 Social Security Factors"
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August 1999

August 1999 Bulletin, "Taxpayer Refund and Relief Act of 1999 Would Affect Governmental Plans, but Bill is not Expected to Become Law"
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July 1999

July 1999 Bulletin, "What State and Local Governments Should Know about the Long-Awaited Final and Proposed COBRA Regulations"
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July 1999 Bulletin, "New York State to Require Community Rating for Point-of-Service Plans"
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July 1999 Bulletin, "Proposed Regulations Provide Guidance on Electronic Plan Communications and Recordkeeping"
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May 1999

May 1999 Bulletin, "What Employers Need to Know about the Benefits and Reemployment Rights of Reservists Called to Active Duty"
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April 1999

April 1999 Bulletin, "IRS Begins Audits of Public Schools' Section 403(b) Plans"
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February 1999

February 1999 Bulletin, "DOL Announces Benefits Education Campaign: Plan Sponsors Should Prepare to Answer Workers' Questions About the Quality of their Health Benefits"
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February 1999 Bulletin, "IRS Proposes Reduced Rates for the Taxable Portion of Group-Term Life Insurance Coverage"
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November 1998

November 1998 Segal Alert, "Medicare+Choice Update: Familiar Coverage Options and Consolidation in the Market for 1999"
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November 1998 Bulletin, "Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 Requires Coverage for Reconstructive Surgery After Mastectomies"
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October 1998

October 1998 Bulletin, "1999 IRS Dollar Limits for Retirement Plans and 1999 Social Security Factors"
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October 1998 Bulletin, "Administrative Simplification Under HIPAA: Uniform Standards Proposed for Electronic Transactions, Identifiers and Security Procedures"
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September 1998

September 1998 Bulletin, "Managed Care Reform: House Passes Patient Protection Act, Senate May Act in the Fall"
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August 1998

August 1998 Bulletin, "Section 457 News: IRS Provides Guidance on Plan Amendments and Reopens Private Letter Ruling Program"
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July 1998

July 1998 Bulletin, "Americans With Disabilities Act Bars Discrimination Based on HIV - U.S. Supreme Court Decision Could Affect Health Plans"
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July 1998 Bulletin, "U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Former Employees May Take COBRA Even if They Have Other Coverage"
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May 1998

May 1998 Segal Alert, "Viagra: The Coverage Controversy for the New Prescription Drug"
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April 1998

April 1998 Segal Special Report, "The Coming Revolution in Medicare: What Medicare+Choice Means for Health Plans that Cover Retirees"
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October 1997

October 1997 Bulletin, "1998 IRS Dollar Limits for Retirement Plans and 1998 Social Security Factors"
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August 1997

August 1997 Bulletin, "New Tax Law Includes Long-Awaited Nondiscrimination Relief for Governmental Plans"
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April 1997

April 1997 Bulletin, "Procedures for Governmental Plans To Opt-Out of Most HIPAA Provisions"
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April 1997 Bulletin, "Official HIPAA Guidance on Reports for Former Participants"
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August 1996

August 1996 Bulletin, "Good News: Pension Simplification Brings Long-Awaited Relief for Governmental Plans, But Now the IRS Will Be Getting Serious"
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August 1996 Bulletin, "Incremental Health Care Reform Becomes Law"
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March 1995

March 1995 Bulletin, "GASB's Final Reporting and Disclosure Rules for Governmental Pension Plans Change Accounting Practices Significantly"
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