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Final Section 1557 Rules: Highlights for Health Plan Sponsors

Summary The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final regulations on the nondiscrimination rules set forth in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. The new rules apply to certain group health plans, as well as many health care providers. The Upshot The Bottom Line Plan sponsors need to evaluate whether the new [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Unmuzzled: Time to Attest That No Gags Apply

Summary The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury have issued guidance on how health plans and insurers may attest to their compliance with the anti-gag rules of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). The Upshot The Bottom Line By December 31, 2023, health plans and insurers must submit an attestation of [&hellip… Continue Reading »

IRS Finalizes Affordable Care Act Reporting Relief

Since the inception of the annual reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act for Forms 1094 and 1095, the IRS has been annually extending the deadline for employers to distribute those reports to individuals. In line with prior guidance, the IRS has now issued final regulations that provide for a permanent, automatic 30-day reporting deadline [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Back and Forth to the Future: HHS Issues Proposed Rules on Nondiscrimination

Summary The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued proposed regulations under the nondiscrimination provisions of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rules restore and augment a number of the nondiscrimination requirements in regulations that were published in 2016, but later stripped away in rules published in 2020. The [&hellip… Continue Reading »

Congress Breathes New Life Into Pre-deductible Access to Telehealth Services

The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (CAA 2022) is best known for preventing a government shutdown and providing aid to Ukraine, but its more than 2,600 pages also contain language that revives a telehealth services provision that many health plan sponsors will welcome. The provision allows participants to receive benefits under a High Deductible Health Plan [&hellip… Continue Reading »

New Stimulus Deal: A Little More Flexibility for Flexible Spending Arrangements

The stimulus package that President Trump signed includes several provisions of significance to employee benefit plans, including measures that respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on health and dependent care flexible spending arrangements (FSAs). FSAs typically allow employees to make contributions on a pre-tax basis through a cafeteria plan and use those contributions to pay [&hellip… Continue Reading »

IRS Guidance Provides COVID-19 Relief for Participants Taking Retirement Plan Distributions and Loans

The IRS has released Notice 2020-50, which provides guidance to employers that have amended their retirement plans to take advantage of provisions under the CARES Act that provide access to special plan distributions, known as Coronavirus-Related Distributions (CRDs), and expanded plan loans. Coronavirus-Related Distributions The CARES Act permits employers to amend their eligible retirement plans to [&hellip… Continue Reading »

IRS Issues Guidance Allowing Employer-Sponsored Leave Donation Programs for COVID-19 Relief

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-46 providing guidance to employers whose employees forgo sick, vacation, or personal leave to aid victims of COVID-19. Generally, when an employee donates sick, vacation, or personal leave to which he or she otherwise is entitled, the donation is treated as an assignment of income – the employee is treated [&hellip… Continue Reading »

IRS Allows Remote Spousal Consent for Retirement Plans

The IRS released Notice 2020-42, which provides temporary relief during calendar year 2020 from the physical presence requirements for participant elections in retirement plans. Under the new guidance, there is relief during calendar year 2020 from the physical presence requirement for any participant election witnessed by a notary public through an electronic system that uses remote [&hellip… Continue Reading »

PBGC Provides Pandemic Relief for Pension Plans

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) – the federal agency created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to insure certain defined benefit pension plans offered by private-sector employers – has announced that it will extend deadlines for upcoming premium payments and certain other required plan filings under Title IV of ERISA to July [&hellip… Continue Reading »