United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Matthew Meidell

Compliance Manager, at United Benefit Advisors

Recent Posts

DOL Releases Updated COBRA Model Notices and FAQs

Posted by: Matthew Meidell    Jun 23, 2020 6:15:00 AM

The DOL released updated COBRA model notices and FAQs providing general information on the updated model notices. The FAQs note that the DOL provides a model general COBRA notice and model COBRA election notice that plans may use to satisfy the requirements to timely provide both of these notices to qualified beneficiaries.

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Topics: COBRA, DOL, FAQs

IRS Issues Notice 2020-29

Posted by: Matthew Meidell    Jun 12, 2020 6:15:00 AM

The IRS issued IRS Notice 2020-29 (Notice) that provides increased flexibility for making mid-year elections or changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020 related to employer-sponsored health coverage, health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs).

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Topics: compliance, compliance recap, IRS Notice 2020-29

IRS Releases an Opinion Letter on the Collection of Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

Posted by: Matthew Meidell    Apr 7, 2020 1:30:00 PM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an opinion letter addressing whether the employer shared responsibility penalties (ESRPs) under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) are subject to a statute of limitations regarding IRS collection of the penalty amounts. In the opinion letter, the IRS states that ESRPs are not subject to a statute of limitations.

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Topics: compliance, ACA, IRS, ESRPs

CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Civil Monetary Penalties for Medicare Secondary Payer Reporting Failures

Posted by: Matthew Meidell    Mar 26, 2020 6:15:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule and fact sheet on calculating and imposing civil monetary penalties (CMPs) when a group health plan fails to comply with Section 111 Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) reporting requirements.

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Topics: CMS, compliance recap

CMS Releases Updated Premium Assistance under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Model Notice

Posted by: Matthew Meidell    Mar 10, 2020 6:45:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) model notice.

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Topics: Medicaid, CMS, Medicare coverage, CHIP, compliance recap, children

IRS Releases Final ACA Reporting Instructions and Forms for 2019 and Provides Penalty Relief and Deadline Extension

Posted by: Matthew Meidell    Feb 27, 2020 7:15:00 AM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final instructions for both the 1094-B and 1095-B forms and the 1094-C and 1095-C forms and the final forms for 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C. There are no substantive changes in the forms or instructions between 2018 and 2019.

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Topics: ACA, IRS, compliance recap, Penalty Relief

FDA Releases Proposed Rule on the Importation of Certain Drugs from Canada

Posted by: Matthew Meidell    Feb 18, 2020 11:33:04 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule on the importation of certain drugs from Canada.

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Topics: prescription drugs, compliance recap, FDA