New Exemptions from ACA’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate | PA Benefit Advisors

On October 6, 2017, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL), and Treasury released new interim final rules to allow more employers to exclude contraceptive coverage from their group health plans. The new rules will be published in the Federal Register next Friday and take effect immediately. Read the Moral Exemptions and … Continued

DOL Issues Compliance Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey | PA Benefit Advisors

The DOL issued guidance for employee benefit plans, plan sponsors, and employers located in a county identified for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) due to Hurricane Harvey.Because plan participants and beneficiaries may have difficulty meeting deadlines for filing ERISA benefit claims and making COBRA elections, the DOL advised plan sponsors to … Continued

DOL Guidance for Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey | PA Benefit Advisors

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued compliance guidance for benefit plans, employers and employees, and service providers who are impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The guidance generally provides relief from various ERISA requirements and time limits for entities in the disaster area. This follows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announcement extending certain filing dates, including … Continued

Court Orders the EEOC to Reconsider Its Wellness Program Rules | PA Benefit Advisors

On August 22, 2017, in AARP v EEOC, a federal court found that regulations allowing employers to offer large incentives under workplace wellness programs were arbitrary. The court did not vacate (nullify) the rules due to concerns about disrupting employers’ existing programs. Instead the court has ordered the responsible agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission … Continued

Discovery for Health and Welfare Benefit Plans: Required ERISA Reporting—Form 5500 | PA Benefit Consultants

Most companies are fully aware of Form 5500 reporting requirements related to their 401(k) plans, but are less familiar with the Form 5500 reporting requirements for their health and welfare benefit plans.Requirements: Most employer-sponsored health and welfare benefit plans, including, but not limited to, group health, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, voluntary worksite benefits … Continued

FAQ on HIPAA Special Enrollment; QSE HRAs Released | PA Benefit Advisors

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) issued FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 35. The FAQ covers a new HIPAA special enrollment period, an update on women’s preventive services that must be covered, and clarifying information on qualifying small employer health … Continued

Same-Sex Marriages and Group Health Benefits | PA Employee Benefits

From 2013 to 2015, a series of Supreme Court cases and government updates have changed the landscape of the way employers must consider same-sex spouses in relation to employee benefits. Most recently, in June 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges, that the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between … Continued

 

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