Benefits Briefs

Monday, June 27th, 2022
Norfolk, VA
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Effective July 1, 2022, Transparency in Coverage rules require health insurance carriers and health plans to publicly publish large amounts of healthcare data using a Machine-Readable File (MRF) format.
Thursday, April 7th, 2022
Norfolk, VA
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The IRS has released a proposed rule that would change the existing rules for eligibility for the premium tax credit.
Wednesday, January 19th, 2022
Norfolk, VA
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A recent announcement from the federal government intends to increase access to COVID-19 testing. As of January 15, 2022, members can get reimbursed by their health plan without cost-share for the costs of over-the-counter (also called...
Thursday, December 16th, 2021
Norfolk, VA
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The IRS has released a proposed rule that extends the annual furnishing deadlines for Sections 6055 and 6056 reporting under the ACA.
Friday, November 5th, 2021
Norfolk, VA
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) relating to COVID vaccinations has been released and will be published in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021. Below are some key provisions that may...
Thursday, August 19th, 2021
Norfolk, VA
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Starting on July 1, 2021, each insurer proposing to issue individual or group accident and sickness insurance policies providing short-term disability (STD) income protection coverage whose policies provide coverage for short-term disability arising...
Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
Virginia Beach, VA
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A primary purpose of The ARPA was to provide financial assistance with obtaining or retaining health insurance. The ARPA provides a 100% subsidy of COBRA premiums for six-months.
Friday, January 29th, 2021
Virginia Beach, VA
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President Biden's executive actions include an executive order aimed at expanding enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, and a memorandum rescinding regulations on reproductive health access. Biden’s executive order on health...
Thursday, January 21st, 2021
Virginia Beach, VA
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A new year always brings changes and so it goes with health plans as well!
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
Virginia Beach, VA
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Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable.
Thursday, June 18th, 2020
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The ACA imposes a fee on employers with an HRA or a self-insured plan in order to fund comparative effectiveness research. These fees are widely known as Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
Virginia Beach, VA
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It is heartbreaking to witness the destruction COVID-19 is reaping upon our community and the world. We are saddened by the shuttering of businesses, the furloughs and layoffs that have followed and, most of all, by the loss of life that has and...
Friday, March 27th, 2020
Virginia Beach, VA
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Congress passed a $2 trillion economic stimulus package by an overwhelming vote in the Senate and the House. President Trump is expected to sign the bill immediately.
Thursday, March 19th, 2020
Virginia Beach, VA
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The Act requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, among other measures.
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Virginia Beach, VA
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Compliance Issues for Employers.
Friday, January 3rd, 2020
Virginia Beach, VA
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On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law a spending bill that prevents a government shutdown and repeals three taxes under the ACA.
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Virginia Beach, VA
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The IRS has released the final 2019 forms and instructions for reporting under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and 6056.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
Virginia Beach, VA
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Beginning in 2020, employers of all sizes may implement a new HRA design – an individual coverage HRA (ICHRA) – to reimburse their eligible employees for insurance policies purchased in the individual market or Medicare premiums.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
Virginia Beach
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The annual disclosure notice should be given to employees before Oct. 15, 2019.
Monday, September 30th, 2019
Virginia Beach
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The ACA established medical loss ratio (MLR) rules to help control health care coverage costs and ensure that enrollees receive value for their premium dollars.
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Virginia Beach
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HealthJoy is a mobile app that helps employees make better healthcare decisions by providing guidance for healthcare decisions.
Thursday, June 6th, 2019
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
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Employers who sponsored an HRA or a self-insured plan with a plan year ending in 2018 owes PCORI fees by July 31, 2019.