FSA / HSA / HRA

In a recent article published by SHRM, our President and CEO Gary Kushner was cited as the main resource on dealing with active employees and their dependents upon their reaching Medicare-eligibility. Kushner mentioned many issues related to employer-based health and prescription drug benefits.

Posted on February 15, 2019 By Kushner & Company, Consulting Services
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On December 14, 2018, a US District Judge in Texas issued a ruling that the entire ACA was unconstitutional given that the individual mandate contained in it no longer had a tax penalty, the basis of the 2012 US Supreme Court ruling upholding the ACA's constitutionality. 

Posted on December 17, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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The IRS has issued Notice 2018-94 extending the due date for the 2018 1095-B and 1095-C forms to be sent to employees from January 31, 2019 until March 4, 2019.

Posted on November 29, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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The IRS has announced the limits for employee benefit plans for 2019.

Posted on November 15, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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When Congress passed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act in 2003 implementing prescription drug coverage under Medicare, it required all employers that offer prescription drug benefits to provide an annual notice to all Medicare-eligible plan participants.

Posted on September 8, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Gary Kushner, President and CEO of Kushner & Company was interviewed by Workforce Management magazine during the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference in Chicago about the most often missed items in employers' compliance with the ACA.

Posted on July 2, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Starting in 2007, the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA) requires that the IRS release the upcoming year’s new HSA limits prior to June 1st.

Posted on May 14, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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In May, 2017, the IRS released the 2018 HSA contributions limits in Rev Proc 2017-37, amongst other HSA-related indexed numbers, stating that the maximum contribution for those in family HDHP coverage would be $6,900.

Posted on April 26, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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On March 5, 2018, the IRS published Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB) 2018-10. Effective for calendar year 2018, the family contribution limit for HSAs has been lowered to $6,850 from the previously set amount of $6,900.

Posted on March 6, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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The employer mandate, sometimes known as the “play or pay” clause of the ACA, imposes penalties on Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) if any of their full-time employees purchases individual coverage at the Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as an Exchange) and receives a premium tax credit.

Posted on November 16, 2017 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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With IRS Notice 2017-64, we now have the applicable retirement and health and welfare benefit limits for 2018. Many (but not all) have increased from 2017. Earlier this year, the IRS announced the 2018 Health Savings Account (HSA) limits and plan designs.

Posted on October 23, 2017 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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In a new IRS Notice, the period to provide the required notice to all participants of a new Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) is extended until no sooner than 90 days after the issuance of such guidance.

Posted on March 6, 2017 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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