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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.

IRS Updates Guidance on Play-or-Pay Penalty Assessments | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

Beginning in 2015, to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), “large” employers must offer their full-time employees health coverage, or pay one of two employer shared responsibility / play-or-pay penalties. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines the penalty each calendar year after employees have filed their federal tax returns.In November 2017, … Continued

Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions about Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) into law. The Cures Act provides a method for certain small employers to reimburse individual health coverage premiums up to a dollar limit through HRAs called “Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements” (QSE HRAs). The provision went into effect on January 1, 2017. On October … Continued

UBA Survey: Weary Families Get a Break While Singles See Out-of-Pocket Cost Increases | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

While the rate impact of the regulatory environment plays out, one thing is clear from the 2017 UBA Health Plan Survey: employers continue to shift a greater share of expenses to employees through out-of-pocket cost increases. While this is just one of 7 mega trends uncovered in the survey, it is particularly interesting this year … Continued

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