DOL Issues Final Regulations Regarding Association Health Plans

  On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Frequently Asked Questions About Association Health Plans (AHPs) and issued a final rule that broadens the definition of “employer” and the provisions under which an employer group or association may be treated as an “employer” sponsor of a single multiple-employer employee welfare benefit … Continued

Proposed 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule | Employee Benefits Agents

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for benefit payment and parameters for 2020. CMS also released its draft 2020 actuarial value calculator and draft 2020 actuarial value calculator methodology. According to CMS, the proposed rule is intended to reduce fiscal and regulatory burdens associated with the Patient Protection and … Continued

PCORI Fee Increase for Health Plans | Insurance Benefits Consultants

On November 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2018-85 to announce that the health plan Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 will be $2.45 per plan participant. This is an increase from the prior year’s fee of $2.39 due to … Continued

Be Ready for More ACA Penalties | Employee Benefits Agency

The recent barrage of letters sent by the IRS proposing penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be petering out, but a new round is expected later this year. Employers need to be prepared. Several lessons can be learned from the more than 300,000 proposed-penalty letters sent by the IRS this summer and late … Continued