Don’t Overlook Life-Insurance Conversion Notice Obligations

Employer, Not Insurer, Found Liable for Payment of Life Insurance Benefit A court ruling earlier this month highlights the importance for employers of reviewing internal policies and procedures regarding the communication of post-employment life insurance rights. In Erwood v. WellStar Health Systems, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled that an employer owes more than $750,000 […]

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QSEHRAs Allow Small Employers to Reimburse Employees’ Personal Health Costs

Although the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) market reforms eliminated the ability of employers to permissibly reimburse employees for individually-incurred health insurance or medical costs, recent legislation now affords certain small employers with an alternate reimbursement option. The 21st Century Cures Act amended the Internal Revenue Code to authorize the creation of a new stand-alone HRA […]

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Executive Order Halts Implementation of DOL Fiduciary Rule

Early this afternoon (Friday, February 03, 2017), President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to halt implementation of final regulations relating to “investment advice fiduciaries,” as defined under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. The Order directs the DOL to reevaluate the regulations and to report back to the President. […]

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Executive Order Affirms Commitment to Repeal the ACA; Makes No Immediate Changes for Employers

Within hours of being sworn in on Friday, January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order (the Order), that affirmed the administration’s policy of seeking “the prompt repeal” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Order, however, neither specifically mentions employers nor has any immediate impact on employers’ obligations under the ACA. It is […]

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Important HIPAA and ACA Benefit Updates from the HHS and IRS

Be Aware: Current Phishing Email is Disguised as Official OCR Audit Communication As many HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) division of the United States Department Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has begun a second-round of audits to examine compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and […]

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