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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk of infection in the U.S. for the general population is currently thought to be low.  As with any public health issue, the insurance carriers work with and follow the guidance and protocols issued by the CDC as well as state and local public health departments in supporting the needs of members.   What to do if you have symptoms? The CDC and health care providers ask that you c... Read more
The Affordable Care Act established the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to explore the effectiveness, risks and benefits of medical treatments. The fees were originally scheduled to be collected for plan years and policy years that end after September 30, 2012 and before October 1, 2019.  In a bill recently signed by the President, the PCORI  fee has been extended through fiscal year 2029.  All non-excepted employer sponsored health pl... Read more
As reported by National Association of Health Underwriters, Congress has voted to fully repeal the Cadillac (excise) Tax and the Health Insurance Tax. The legislation fully repeals the Cadillac Tax and repeals the HIT effective January 1, 2021, which means the HIT will still be in place for 2020. According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the Cadillac Tax will save consumers $197 billion, and the HIT repeal will save consumers $150 billion! Busines... Read more
Employer reporting requirements and penalties for non-compliance have largely remained the same even though the individual penalty payment is no longer applicable. Forms 1094/1095-B (B Forms) and Forms 1094/1095-C (C Forms), and related instructions, for the 2019 tax year have been released and are provided below. Employers Subject to Reporting Applicable large employers (ALEs), who are in general, entities that employed 50 or more full-time and full-time-equiva... Read more
Once again (in Notice 2018-94) the IRS has extended the deadline for furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals from January 31 to March 4, 2019.  The notice does not extend the due date for filing Forms 1094-B and 1094-C (and accompanying Form 1095s) with the IRS. Accordingly, the deadline remains February 28, 2019, for paper filings, and April 1, 2019, for electronic filings.  The electronic filing of  information returns (Forms 1094/1095) f... Read more
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