MA Paid Family Medical Leave Payroll Deductions to Begin October 1st

2019-10-02T18:58:36+00:00

MA PFML is a statewide program that gives eligible employees paid time off for family and medical leave beginning January 1, 2021. PFML will provide employees up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and 20 weeks of paid medical leave or up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a family member who [...]

MA Paid Family Medical Leave Payroll Deductions to Begin October 1st2019-10-02T18:58:36+00:00

Get Eligibility Right the First Time or Pay for It Later

2019-08-02T08:00:18+00:00

Missing, incorrect, or late information regarding eligibility can lead to mistaken interpretation of coverage, no coverage/denied claims, or incorrect participant information. These can all lead to overbilling, underbilling, and claim payment errors. Additionally, eligibility errors can “over-obligate” the plan by allowing an invalid member to linger on the plan, for example: enrolling in COBRA for [...]

Get Eligibility Right the First Time or Pay for It Later2019-08-02T08:00:18+00:00

MA Paid Family and Medical Leave – Delay of Payroll Tax Deduction

2019-10-02T19:04:57+00:00

The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law (effective in 2021) requires employers to start making financial contributions to support the paid leave program starting on July 1, 2019. The law allows employers to deduct a part of the required contribution from each employee’s wages (along with an employer contribution*) to fund the program. The initial contributions [...]

MA Paid Family and Medical Leave – Delay of Payroll Tax Deduction2019-10-02T19:04:57+00:00

2019 PCOR Fee Increase

2019-10-02T19:01:57+00:00

For 2019, the annual fee to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), paid by employers that sponsor self-insured health plans and by commercial group health insurance providers, will go up by about .06 cents per employee or dependent enrolled in the health plan. The fees are due by July 31. The chart below [...]

2019 PCOR Fee Increase2019-10-02T19:01:57+00:00

Updated Draft Regulations for MA Paid Family and Medical Leave

2019-05-07T11:05:26+00:00

The newly created Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave released updated draft regulations on March 29th for the new Paid Family and Medical Leave law. The Department will hold several listening sessions in May throughout the state before issuing final regulations sometime before July, 2019. Below is an outline of the draft regulations with pertinent [...]

Updated Draft Regulations for MA Paid Family and Medical Leave2019-05-07T11:05:26+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

2019 Important Compliance Dates

2019-01-02T16:03:15+00:00

This checklist is designed to help companies review the key reporting and notice requirements that may apply to their employer-sponsored group health plans under ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act). Please note that this list is for general reference purposes only and is not all-inclusive. Click to download entire checklist.

2019 Important Compliance Dates2019-01-02T16:03:15+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

MassHealth Reinstates HIRD Reporting for Employer Sponsored Health Plans

2018-11-07T20:57:08+00:00

The Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) form is a new state reporting requirement in Massachusetts beginning in 2018. This form differs from the original HIRD form that was passed into law in 2006 and repealed in 2014. The 2018 form is administered by MassHealth and the Department of Revenue (DOR) through the MassTaxConnect (MTC) web [...]

MassHealth Reinstates HIRD Reporting for Employer Sponsored Health Plans2018-11-07T20:57:08+00:00