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DOL Issues Final Regulations Regarding Association Health Plans | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Frequently Asked Questions About Association Health Plans (AHPs) and issued a final rule that broadens the definition of “employer” and the provisions under which an employer group or association may be treated as an “employer” sponsor of a single multiple-employer employee welfare benefit plan … Continued

Proposed 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

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.According to CMS, the proposed rule is intended to reduce fiscal and regulatory burdens associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable … Continued

DOL and IRS Release Additional Information on Association Health Plans | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

On August 20, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) posted the Association Health Plans ERISA Compliance Assistance fact sheet.On August 20, 2018, the IRS added a new Q&A 18 to its Questions and Answers on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act. Q&A 18 confirms that:An employer that is not an applicable large employer … Continued

The Rap on Wraps | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

There’s a good chance you use a wrap document to help satisfy your Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) summary plan description (SPD) obligations. Yet if you look for a definition of wrap document in ERISA statutes or regulations, you will not find one. The wrap is not a defined term or required document; it … Continued

2017 UBA Healthplan Survey | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

It was recently unveiled the latest findings from our 2017 Health Plan Survey. With data on 20,099 health plans sponsored by 11,221 employers, the UBA survey is nearly three times larger than the next two of the nation’s largest health plan benchmarking surveys combined. To learn more, watch this short video below.

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