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2022 Affordability Threshold Set


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Revenue Procedure 2021-36 which indexes the contribution percentages for 2022 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does [...]

2022 Affordability Threshold Set2021-09-13T17:49:15+00:00

EEOC Pandemic Guidance – Vaccine Incentives


On May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted updated and expanded guidance relating to COVID-19 and the workplace. According to the EEOC, federal laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace “do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for COVID-19.” Specifically, the guidance addressed: Federal [...]

EEOC Pandemic Guidance – Vaccine Incentives2021-08-24T19:58:44+00:00

COBRA Subsidy Ends September 30, 2021


With the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COBRA subsidy coming to end on September 30, 2021, questions are arising as to the plan administrators next steps. Below you will find some of the more common FAQs: Subsidy Expiration Notification To ensure compliance, plan administrators must provide a timely notice to those AEIs who wish to [...]

COBRA Subsidy Ends September 30, 20212021-08-05T19:00:26+00:00

ACA Survives Another Challenge as the Supreme Court Dismisses Case


On June 17, 2021, the Supreme Court turned back a long-standing challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by dismissing the challenge that was brought by 18 states (California v. Texas). The court ruled that the states that brought the suit over the ACA did not have the standing to do so. Background: On December [...]

ACA Survives Another Challenge as the Supreme Court Dismisses Case2021-08-05T18:10:53+00:00

Gender Dysphoria Treatments and Discriminatory Practices in Health Plans


In May 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services reversed a Trump administration position on the ACA’s section 1557. Background Under section 1557, health plans are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age and disability. Under the ACA, the definition of sex was clarified to include discrimination on [...]

Gender Dysphoria Treatments and Discriminatory Practices in Health Plans2021-06-14T15:11:54+00:00

IRS Issues COBRA Subsidy Guidance


In April, the DOL issued FAQs discussing the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COBRA subsidy. The FAQs left many with questions that were not addressed in the DOL’s guidance. On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued its guidance in Notice 2021-31 and a series of 86 FAQs that solve many of the points left unanswered in the [...]

IRS Issues COBRA Subsidy Guidance2021-05-24T16:44:21+00:00

Consolidated Appropriations Act Requires Plan Sponsors to Perform a MHPAEA Comprehensive Analysis


The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) that was passed on December 27, 2020 is known primarily for its third round of direct payment stimulus checks. However, there were additional health benefit related provisions including: (1) expanded relief for health and dependent care flexible spending arrangements; (2) new reporting requirements for commission and similar compensation; [...]

Consolidated Appropriations Act Requires Plan Sponsors to Perform a MHPAEA Comprehensive Analysis2021-05-12T19:13:52+00:00

Healthcare Organizations SCAM ALERT


The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has been made aware of postcards being sent to healthcare organizations informing the recipients that they are required to participate in a “Required Security Risk Assessment,” and they are being directed to send their risk assessment to the following URL below (DO NOT click on the link below or [...]

Healthcare Organizations SCAM ALERT2021-04-29T14:01:15+00:00
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