United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Karen Hsu

Director of Compliance at United Benefit Advisors

Recent Posts

Status of Court Case Challenging ACA Constitutionality

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Apr 16, 2019 2:52:00 PM

shutterstock_754468558As background, in February 2018, twenty states filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Court) to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) entirely. The lawsuit came after the U.S. Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017 that reduced the individual mandate penalty to $0, starting in 2019.

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Topics: compliance

IRS Releases Information Letter on Returning HSA Contributions to an Employer

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Mar 14, 2019 4:30:02 PM

shutterstock_564470320Generally, a person’s interest in a Health Savings Account (HSA) is nonforfeitable. However, in the past, the Internal Revenue Service’s Notice 2008-59 described limited circumstances under which an employer may recoup contributions made to an employee’s HSA.

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Topics: IRS, HSA

DOL’s Annually Adjusted Federal Penalties

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Feb 28, 2019 3:47:52 PM

shutterstock_434519134DOL’s Annually Adjusted Federal Penalties

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Topics: Adjustments, Department of Labor, inflation

Proposed 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 29, 2019 2:50:29 PM

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.

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Topics: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Affordable Care Act, Benefit Payment and Parameters rule

Advance Informational Copies of 2018 Form 5500 Annual Return/Report

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 25, 2019 2:40:40 PM

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.

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Topics: ERISA, IRS Form 5500

IRS Releases 2019 Inflation-Adjusted Limits

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 17, 2019 2:13:54 PM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its inflation-adjusted limits for various benefits. For example, the maximum contribution limit to health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) will be $2,700 in 2019. Also, the maximum reimbursement limit in 2019 for Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements will be $5,150 for single coverage and $10,450 for family coverage.

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Topics: IRS, inflation

IRS Releases Indexed PCORI Fee

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 10, 2019 1:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: ACA, IRS, PCORI Fee

Treasury, DOL, and HHS Release Two Final Rules on Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Dec 27, 2018 1:30:46 PM

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. These rules finalize the Departments’ interim final rules that were published on October 13, 2017. HHS also issued a press release and fact sheet on these final rules.

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Topics: contraception coverage, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services

IRS Issues Specifications for Employer-Provided Substitute ACA Forms

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Dec 20, 2018 12:52:11 PM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Publication 5223 General Rules and Specifications for Affordable Care Act Substitute Forms 1095-A, 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C that describes how employers may prepare substitute forms to furnish ACA reporting information to individuals and the IRS.

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Topics: IRS Form 1095, IRS Form 1094, IRS reporting, compliance recap

IRS Extends Due Date to Furnish ACA Forms to Participants and Provides Good Faith Penalty Relief

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Dec 11, 2018 1:12:23 PM

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.

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Topics: extended, Form 1095-B, Form 1095-C, compliance recap