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NEW FAQ REGARDING HEALTH PLAN IDENTIFIERS

The Health Plan Identifier (HPID) is a standard, unique health plan identifier required by the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the answer to a new frequently … Continue reading

GUIDANCE ON REFERENCE-BASED PRICING UNDER THE ACA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), provides that a non-grandfathered group health plan must ensure that any annual cost-sharing imposed under the plan does not exceed the limitations provided for under the Act. The Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department … Continue reading

IRS RELEASES MORE GUIDANCE ON MEASUREMENT PERIODS

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IRS Notice 2014-49 describes a proposed approach to the application of the look-back measurement method, which may be used to determine if an employee is a full-time employee for purposes of health care reform. The notice addresses situations in which … Continue reading

Final Regulations Expand Excepted Benefits

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The Internal Revenue Service, the Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have issued final regulations that amend the prior regulations on excepted benefits. The final regulations affect dental and vision plans and Employee Assistance … Continue reading

Escalating Disability Costs: The Dollars and Common Sense

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The Dollars As the cost of unscheduled employee absence caused by disability and illness continues to escalate, employers must develop and implement strategies which help minimize the financial impact of on their bottom line. Workplace absences related to disability and … Continue reading