June 25, 2020
Read a summary of the proposed updated version of the MHPAEA self-compliance tool.
Compliance, Health, Mental Health
June 24, 2020
On June 23, 2020, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services released new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Health, Insurance, COVID-19
June 10, 2020
July 31, 2020 is the deadline for calendar-year group health plans to pay the ACA’s comparative effectiveness research fee for the 2019 plan year.
June 03, 2020
The IRS has provided additional relief for retirement plan sponsors filings and notices.
Retirement, Compliance, COVID-19
May 28, 2020
DOL published a final rule providing a new voluntary safe harbor for electronic disclosures by retirement plans subject to ERISA
May 20, 2020
The Department of Education (DOE) has released a much-anticipated Final Rule mandating sweeping changes.
Communications, Compliance, Higher Education, Organizational Effectiveness, Corporate
May 19, 2020
New guidance clarifies the impact of the guidance on non-federal government health plans.
Compliance, COVID-19, Health, Public Sector
May 14, 2020
Employers with cafeteria plans now have significant flexibility to address challenges that have arisen because of the COVID-19 public health emergency
Compliance, Health, COVID-19
May 12, 2020
The IRS has issued guidance in the form of FAQs that clarifies the distribution and loan relief provisions made available to retirement plans
Compliance, COVID-19, Retirement
The Department of Health and Human Services issued an important notice for plans not grandfathered in under the ACA.
May 04, 2020
The Department of Labor's new model COBRA notices for continued health coverage contain new information regarding Medicare
May 01, 2020
The Departments of Labor (DOL) and Treasury, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Health, Compliance, COVID-19
Fiduciaries and administrators of private sector retirement plans will be relieved to learn that the Department of Labor has issued guidance in respon
Health, Retirement, Compliance, COVID-19
April 14, 2020
Here are the answers to the FAQs about the new federal requirements for coverage of diagnostic testing services for COVID-19
April 10, 2020
In response to hardships related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, states have begun to issue notices about new insurance
March 30, 2020
The federal government continues to prioritize the enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).
We highlight the CARES Act provisions that affect group health plans.
We look at two new types of leave for governmental employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees.
The CARES Act is generally immediately effective. That means there are action items plan sponsors need to consider now.
March 20, 2020
A new act signed into law lays down guidelines for group health plan coverage, paid family and medical leave, and more.
March 16, 2020
Can ERISA-governed multiemployer welfare funds reimburse trustees for unused travel expenses outside of a refund policy but due to COVID-19?
COVID-19, Multiemployer Plans
March 13, 2020
This is a reminder about two compliance issues that might need plan sponsor attention at this time.
March 11, 2020
State insurance commissioners have issued directives to implement modifications to existing insurance regulations in light of COVID-19.
March 10, 2020
The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies.
March 04, 2020
Retirement plan sponsors may need to take certain actions in order to stay compliant with the new legislation.
March 02, 2020
The Supreme Court agrees to hear case on whether the ACA is unconstitutional
February 27, 2020
Yesterday, in the Intel v. Sulyma case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the participant’s favor today, finding that a participant does not
Insurance, Compliance, Health
February 26, 2020
Effective July 1, 2020, the state's residents will no longer need to carry personal injury protection (PIP) on their auto policies.
February 10, 2020
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued new information for non-grandfathered group health plans.
January 28, 2020
The end-of-year spending legislation has important implications for some health plans and fringe benefits.
January 03, 2020
On December 23, 2019, the FDA published guidance on two pathways to promote access to safe, lower-cost prescription drugs.
Public Sector, Multiemployer Plans
December 27, 2019
The new paid leave rights will be available for any birth or placement for adoption or foster care occurring on or after October 1, 2020.
Compliance, Public Sector
December 20, 2019
The ruling was made on December 18, 2019.
December 18, 2019
The deadline for comments on the proposal is 5 pm on January 14, 2020.
President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law before December 20.
December 17, 2019
Get our annual guide to compliance requirements for sponsors of health and retirement plans.
Compliance, Retirement, Health
December 12, 2019
Read about the 2020 limits for retirement plans.
Retirement, Compliance, Multiemployer Plans, Public Sector
December 05, 2019
Read the new guidance on ACA reporting for 2019.
Compliance, Multiemployer Plans, Health, Public Sector
November 22, 2019
The multiemployer pension recapitalization and reform plan was released on November 20, 2019.
Compliance, Multiemployer Plans, Retirement
November 20, 2019
Read about what's changing and what's not in 2020.
Health, Compliance, Multiemployer Plans, Public Sector
November 06, 2019
It published the proposed rule on October 23, 2019.
Retirement, Compliance, Multiemployer Plans
October 31, 2019
In October 2019 the PBGC issues a proposal that would change interest rates for private sector lump-sum calculations.
October 17, 2019
On September 24, 2019, the DOL announced a final rule governing the salary threshold for overtime exemptions on certain employees.
September 26, 2019
These FAQS on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act make final those issues in 2018.
August 27, 2019
The guidance was issued on August 26, 2019.
August 01, 2019
HHS and the FDA outlined the steps they'll take on prescription drug importation.
July 30, 2019
The Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019 was passed on July 24, 2019.
July 29, 2019
The Treasury Department and the IRS have expanded the list of preventive care benefits from HSAs and HDHPs.
July 18, 2019
The bill passed the House of Representatives on July 17, 2019.
June 14, 2019
On June 13, 2019 there was a new rule expanding the use of HRAs.
May 24, 2019
The Medicare Part D standard benefit design parameters will be higher in 2020.
The House passed the bill on May 23, 2019.
May 20, 2019
It passed the package of seven different bills on May 16, 2019.
May 10, 2019
Trump called on Congress to take action on May 9, 2019.
May 08, 2019
Most but not all penalties will be reduced, according to a recent notice.
May 07, 2019
The IRS made the announcement on May 2, 2019.
May 02, 2019
On May 2, 2019 the PBGC published a final regulation intended to simplify some reporting and disclosure obligations.
March 29, 2019
Recent activity in Washington underscores extreme differences of opinion about the future of the ACA.
March 26, 2019
The deadline is April 1, 2019.
IRS no longer intends to issue regulations prohibiting defined benefit pension plans from retiree lump-sum windows
Retirement, Compliance, Public Sector
March 21, 2019
The rule would modify overtime rules published in 2016, which were later declared invalid by a district court.
Health, Compliance, Public Sector
March 19, 2019
Read more about this new IRS Private Letter Ruling
March 12, 2019
The tables are the first mortality study based exclusively on public sector plans.
Compliance, Public Sector, Retirement
February 25, 2019
Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Excise Tax on High-Cost Plans
On February 25, 2019 several government departments published a request for information about grandfathered status under the ACA.
February 06, 2019
The proposal would affect Medicare Part D and Medicaid managed care organizations.
May 23, 2018
Learn more about the guidance and enforcement. Ensure your plans are compliant.
Health, Mental Health, Compliance, Multiemployer Plans, Public Sector, Corporate
Learn more about the HSA contribution limits and HDHP expense.
Health, Compliance, Public Sector, Corporate
April 19, 2018
Learn more about the provisions and how it might affect your group health plans.
Retirement, Health, Compliance, Multiemployer Plans, Public Sector, Corporate
March 13, 2018
Learn more about the guidance and how it might affect your HSA and HDHP.
January 31, 2018
Learn more about the spending law, health provisions, taxes and the implications for plan sponsors.
Health, Compliance, Multiemployer Plans, Public Sector, Corporate
January 19, 2018
Learn more about the new tax law and it's impact on the tax rates for corporations and partnerships.
Retirement, Compliance, Multiemployer Plans, Public Sector, Corporate
October 30, 2017
We summarize IRS guidance for plans.
June 23, 2017
The Medicare Part D standard defined benefit and Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) amounts for 2018 will be slightly higher than the 2017 amounts.
March 10, 2017
We discuss the changes, new rules about how SBCs interact with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and next steps.
February 02, 2017
We recommend plan sponsors focus on the following five important issues this year.
December 22, 2016
We provide background on the budget process, including what can — and cannot — be achieved through it.
November 21, 2016
These amounts take effect on January 1, 2017.
October 10, 2016
Health insurers and group health plans must contribute to this program by paying fees over a three-year period.
June 23, 2016
The effective date of the rule is plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.
June 09, 2016
The EEOC has published a final rule governing wellness programs which will affect the design of a variety of health and wellness programs.
May 12, 2016
Revenue Procedure 2016-28 will be published in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2016-20 on May 16, 2016.
May 04, 2016
We review changes to the Part D benefit and illustrate the impact of those changes on the 2017 benefit.
February 11, 2016
The Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 includes several proposals that would affect retirement plans and savings.
December 22, 2015
We provide details about these taxes and the delays.
December 16, 2015
Included in this deal are three provisions affecting the ACA’s 40 percent excise tax on high-cost health plans, most notably a two-year delay.
We highlight new positions on important issues not addressed by the Departments in previous guidance.
November 19, 2015
These amounts take effect on January 1, 2016.
We summarize this news and what it means for plan sponsors.
October 15, 2015
We summarize the deadlines and provide reminders for employers that sponsor DB and DC plans.
October 07, 2015
Submissions required by November 16, 2015.
In a major change from last year, self-insured, self- administered plans are exempt from the fees.
September 01, 2015
We summarize 2015 ACA reporting requirements for multiemployer plans and employers.
Health, Multiemployer Plans
We summarize recently published draft instructions for employer information reporting requirements under the ACA.
July 09, 2015
We describe the disclosure provisions as expanded by MPRA and outline some action steps for plan administrators.
June 25, 2015
After providing some background, we briefly describe the new guidance and identify certain key aspects.
June 04, 2015
We discuss limited wraparound coverage and conclude with a section on the implications for plan sponsors.
January 15, 2015
We discuss penalty rules for contributing employers.
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