Update on Nondiscrimination Regulations Relating to Sex, Gender, Age, and More
On May 24, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a proposed rule to revise its regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Section 1557. OCR also released a fact sheet and press release.
Tri-Agency Final Rules on Health Reimbursement Arrangements
Final rules have been released regarding health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based group health plans.
CMS Publishes 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final rule and fact sheet for benefit payment and parameters for 2020.
HHS Releases Bulletin that Extends Grandmothered Plans Through 2020
As background, in the fall of 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a transitional relief program that allowed state insurance departments to permit early renewal at the end of 2013 of individual and small group policies that do not meet the “market reform” requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and for the policies to remain in force until their new renewal date in late 2014.
DOL’s Annually Adjusted Federal Penalties
On January 23, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2019 which is the DOL's annual adjustment of federal civil monetary penalties.
Proposed 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for benefit payment and parameters for 2020. CMS also released its draft 2020 actuarial value calculator and draft 2020 actuarial value calculator methodology.
Advance Informational Copies of 2018 Form 5500 Annual Return/Report
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) released advance informational copies of the 2018 Form 5500 annual return/report and related instructions.
IRS Releases Indexed PCORI Fee
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a fee on insurers of certain fully insured plans and plan sponsors of certain self-funded plans to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The PCORI fee is due by July 31 of the year following the calendar year in which the plan or policy year ends.
Treasury, DOL, and HHS Release Two Final Rules on Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions
The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, Departments) released two final rules on contraceptive coverage exemptions.
IRS Issues Specifications for Employer-Provided Substitute ACA Forms
The IRS has issued specifications for Employer-provided substitute ACA forms.
IRS Issues Specifications for Employer-Provided Substitute ACA Forms
The IRS has issued specifications for Employer-provided substitute ACA forms.
IRS Extends Due Date to Furnish ACA Forms to Participants and Provides Good Faith Penalty Relief
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2018-94 to extend the due date to furnish 2018 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals. The due date moves from January 31, 2019, to March 4, 2019.