United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

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

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

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

HHS Releases Inflation-Adjusted Federal Civil Penalty Amounts

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 23, 2020 12:45:00 PM

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its Annual Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment. Here are some of the adjustments:

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Topics: HHS, HIPAA, Medicare, compliance recap

CMS Releases SBC Materials for Plan Years Beginning 2021

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 16, 2020 7:46:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released SBC materials and supporting documents including a template SBC, sample completed SBC, uniform glossary, instructions, and guidance for plan or policy years beginning on or after January 1, 2021. 

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Topics: Medicaid, SBC, CMS, Medicare coverage, compliance recap

OCR and ONC Release HHS Security Risk Assessment Tool Version 3.1

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Dec 19, 2019 8:47:00 AM

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have released version 3.1 of the HHS Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool.

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Topics: compliance recap, ONC, SRA