DOL’s Recent Clarification Surrounding FMLA

2019-04-25T08:00:54+00:00

The Department of Labor (DOL) on occasion will issue opinion letters to clarify employer’s obligations under various federal employment laws. These DOL opinion letters help employers to understand their obligations and can be relied upon to establish a “good faith” defense against certain federal claims. On March 14, 2019, the DOL issued an opinion letter regarding [...]

DOL’s Recent Clarification Surrounding FMLA2019-04-25T08:00:54+00:00

IRS Publishes PCOR Fees through September 2019

2019-01-18T10:32:44+00:00

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund fee is a fee on issuers of health insurance policies and plan sponsors of self-insured health plans that helps to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which was established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The institute assists, through research, patients, clinicians, purchasers and policy-makers, in making informed [...]

IRS Publishes PCOR Fees through September 20192019-01-18T10:32:44+00:00

Despite Recent Court Ruling – ACA Enforcement Is Still the Law of the Land… For Now

2018-12-18T15:12:45+00:00

On December 14th, the U.S. District Court for the Fifth Circuit in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional in light of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 which eliminated the tax penalty under the individual mandate. The district court sided with 20 Republican state attorneys general that argued since the individual [...]

Despite Recent Court Ruling – ACA Enforcement Is Still the Law of the Land… For Now2018-12-18T15:12:45+00:00

IRS Releases Adjusted PCOR Fee

2018-11-08T16:28:39+00:00

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund fee is a fee on issuers of health insurance policies and plan sponsors of self-insured health plans that helps to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which was established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The institute assists, through research, patients, clinicians, purchasers and policy-makers, in making health decisions by [...]

IRS Releases Adjusted PCOR Fee2018-11-08T16:28:39+00:00

Maine is Reinstituting the Per Member Per Month Assessment to Fund the Maine Guaranteed Access Reinsurance Program

2018-11-07T19:36:54+00:00

Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits a state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver to pursue innovative strategies for providing their residents with access to high quality, affordable health insurance while retaining the basic protections of the ACA. Recently several states have applied for waivers and have been approved. Among these is the State of [...]

Maine is Reinstituting the Per Member Per Month Assessment to Fund the Maine Guaranteed Access Reinsurance Program2018-11-07T19:36:54+00:00

Association Health Plans Final Rules Released

2018-06-22T17:07:08+00:00

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor released the final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs). The rule seeks to expand health coverage among small employer groups and self-employed individuals. It will make it easier for small business to join together to purchase health insurance without the myriad of regulations individual states and [...]

Association Health Plans Final Rules Released2018-06-22T17:07:08+00:00

ACA Affordability Percentage for 2019

2018-05-31T08:00:15+00:00

On May 21, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2018-34 which indexes the contribution percentages for 2019 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  For plan years beginning in 2019, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does not [...]

ACA Affordability Percentage for 20192018-05-31T08:00:15+00:00

The IRS Announces Plan to Enforce ACA Employer Mandate Penalties

2017-11-21T15:47:54+00:00

On November 8, 2017, the IRS announced that, for the first time, it would begin enforcement of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act (i.e., the assessment of tax penalties against large employers failing to provide affordable, minimum value health coverage to substantially all employees). The initiation of active enforcement efforts now comes as a [...]

The IRS Announces Plan to Enforce ACA Employer Mandate Penalties2017-11-21T15:47:54+00:00

Compliance Issues Keep Coming

2017-08-17T13:32:44+00:00

All the talk about repeal and replace seems to have lulled many plan sponsors into a false sense of security, thinking that ACA regulations weren’t going to be enforced. Unfortunately, the IRS is preparing to begin penalizing non-compliant plans, which is why we continue to encourage our clients to keep their eye on the ball [...]

Compliance Issues Keep Coming2017-08-17T13:32:44+00:00

DG Compliance Alert: 2016 ACA Employer Shared Responsibilities Tracking & Reporting Services

2016-08-04T14:54:13+00:00

We have received a number of inquiries this year as to whether Diversified Group will be providing ACA reporting services for 2016. We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with MZQ Consulting again this year! MZQ Consulting did an exceptional job filing the 2015 1094-C and 1095-C for so many of our self-funded [...]

DG Compliance Alert: 2016 ACA Employer Shared Responsibilities Tracking & Reporting Services2016-08-04T14:54:13+00:00