Benefits

Employers that offer prescription drug benefits are required to provide an annual notice to all Medicare-eligible plan participants and qualified beneficiaries before October 15th of each year, the start of the Medicare open enrollment period. Most send it to all participants.

Posted on September 30, 2021 By Kushner & Company, Consulting Services
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Among its many provisions, the ACA says that Applicable Large Employers must provide health coverage that is affordable to at least 95 percent of its full-time employees. In 2022, for only the second time since 2015 the affordability index fell. Employers have work to do.

Posted on September 9, 2021 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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In August 2021 Delta Airlines announced that starting in 2022 it was imposing a $200 per month premium surcharge for any COVID-19 unvaccinated employee. Other employers quickly began asking if this was allowable under a myriad of employee benefit laws. The answer is "yes," but...

Posted on September 8, 2021 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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In IRS Information Letter 2021-13, the agency reiterates that Flexible Spending Account claims paid on an FSA debit card must have the required substantiation containing all of the information normally required for a claim submitted for reimbursement through other means such as mail, e-mail, or fax.

Posted on July 27, 2021 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), 
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Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA)

As we explained last year, funding for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was supposed to end with filings and fees for plan years that began before October 1, 2018. Nope.

Posted on May 18, 2021 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Benefits, 
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ERISA-ACA Compliance, 
FSA / HSA / HRA, 
Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA), 
Individual Coverage HRA (ICHRA), 
Qualified Small Employer HRA (QSEHRA)

Last year's Consolidated Appropriations Act and this year's American Rescue Plan provided employers optional flexibility for their Dependent Care FSAs. But they also created a potential tax hurdle. The IRS fixed (most all of) it.

Posted on May 11, 2021 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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On the last possible workday on which to provide needed guidance before health plan sponsors had to fend for themselves on when the COBRA and HIPAA Outbreak Period ended, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, part of the US Department of Labor, issued Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01.

Posted on February 26, 2021 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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The US Department of Labor (DOL) is the responsible agency for overseeing compliance with ERISA, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Penalties for a variety of ERISA violations are contained within the law and are indexed annually for inflation. They've increased substantially.

Posted on February 22, 2021 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Retirement Plans

We provided information at the end of April, 2020 about the IRS' and DOL's determination that the "pause" button was hit on a number of regular timing and payment due dates relating to COBRA, health plan claims (including health care FSA claims), and HIPAA Special Enrollment Periods. Is it ending?

Posted on February 18, 2021 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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COBRA, 
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The Consolidated Appropriations Act contains many benefit changes, all of which are optional on the part of the employer. We know this is coming long after open enrollment has ended for most plans, but employers will want to pay close attention and decide which (if any) they'd like to adopt.

Posted on December 28, 2020 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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The IRS has now released all of the 2021 benefit limits. Earlier this year, they also released the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and Health Savings Account (HSA) limits.

Posted on October 26, 2020 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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401(k), 
Administration, 
Benefits, 
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Defined Contribution Plan, 
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), 
FSA / HSA / HRA, 
Retirement Plans

Employers that offer prescription drug benefits are required to provide an annual notice to all Medicare-eligible plan participants and qualified beneficiaries before October 15th of each year, the start of the Medicare open enrollment period. Most send it to all participants.

Posted on October 2, 2020 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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