United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

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

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

Status of Court Case Challenging ACA Constitutionality

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Feb 6, 2020 7:15:00 AM

As background, in 2018, 20 states filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District for the Northern District of Texas (District 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 of 2017 (TCJA) that reduced the individual mandate penalty to $0, starting in 2019.

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Topics: ACA, compliance recap, Tax Cuts, TCJA, Constitutionality

President Signs Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 31, 2020 7:36:00 AM

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Act) to keep the federal government running through September 2020. The Act significantly affects provisions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), largely though one fee extension and the repeal of three taxes.

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Topics: FMLA, ACA, Consolidated Appropriations Act, compliance recap

District Court Vacates Parts of ACA Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Rule

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Nov 21, 2019 8:29:00 AM

As background, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557 provides that individuals shall not be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any health program or activity which receives federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The current rule applies to any program administered by HHS or any health program or activity administered by an entity established under Title I of the ACA. These applicable entities are “covered entities” and include a broad array of providers, employers, and facilities. On May 13, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule (current rule) implementing Section 1557, which took effect on July 18, 2016.

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Topics: ACA, HHS, ACA Section 1557, compliance recap

DOL, HHS, and Treasury Release Final FAQs on Mental Health / Substance Use Disorder Parity

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Nov 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM

The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) released final FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act Part 39. The Departments respond to FAQs as part of implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). The FAQs contain a model disclosure form that employees can use to request information from their group health plan or individual market plan regarding treatment limitations that may affect access to mental health or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits.

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Topics: ACA, HHS, DOL, mental health, compliance recap, MHPAEA

IRS Releases Information Letter on Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties under the ACA

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Nov 7, 2019 9:45:00 AM

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) released an information letter responding to an inquiry of whether employer shared responsibility penalties (ESRPs) may be waived or reduced based on hardship or other factors and whether the IRS will extend the transition relief for employers with fewer than 100 employees.

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Topics: ACA, IRS, compliance recap, ESRPs

IRS Announces Health Insurance Providers Fee to Resume in 2020

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Oct 29, 2019 9:12:00 AM

As background, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a fee on each covered entity (for example, health insurers or a non-fully insured MEWA) engaged in the business of providing health insurance for United States health risks.

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Topics: ACA, IRS, ACA fees, compliance recap

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

6 Reasons Self-Funded Plans Are Gaining Popularity

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 16, 2018 1:02:56 PM

Since the ACA was enacted eight years ago, many employers are re-examining employee benefits in an effort to manage costs, navigate changing regulations, and expand their plan options. Self-funded plans are one way that's happening.

In 2017, the UBA Health Plan survey revealed that self-funded plans have increased by 12.8% in the past year overall, and just less than two-thirds of all large employers’ plans are self-funded.

Here are six of the reasons why employers are opting for self-funded plans:

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Topics: ACA, self-funding, Self-Funded, self funded health plans, small business, white paper, UBA white paper, small business health care options