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June 10, 2013

DOL Updates Model Medicaid/CHIP Notice

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) enacted in 2009 provides for two additional HIPAA special enrollment events.  These special enrollment events relate specifically to Medicaid.  One special enrollment event arises if an individual loses eligibility for Medicaid.  The other arises when an individual becomes eligible for premium assistance through Medicaid.  “Premium assistance” means that a State’s Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will pay all or a portion of the employer-provided coverage.  Employers sponsoring health plans are obligated to annually provide a premium assistance notice to their workforce.  This notification can be accomplished by using a model notice provided by the Department of Labor (DOL).  

June 10, 2013

EEOC Settles GINA Lawsuit

Compliance with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) has also recently been in the spotlight. The EEOC filed a suit against Fabricut (EEOC v. Fabricut Inc., No. 13-CV-0248-CVE-PJC, N.D. Okla. 2013), specifically challenging a violation of the ADA for refusing to hire an individual with a deemed medical condition, as well as violation of GINA for inquiring about her family medical history in a post-offer medical exam (see EEOC Press Release).

June 4, 2013

HRB 76 - Reporting and Paying PCOR Fees – Revised Form 720 Issued

June 4, 2013 -- One of the fees imposed on both insured and self-funded health plans by the Affordable Care Act is the Patient Centered Outcome Research (PCOR) fee.  The purpose of this fee is to fund a Patient-Centered Outcome Research Trust Fund. This Trust Fund, in turn, supports a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to assist patients, clinicians, purchasers, and policymakers in making informed health decisions by advancing comparative clinical effectiveness research.  This fee and types of plans subject to the fee are more fully described in the CBIZ Health Reform Bulletin, 

May 28, 2013

Governance: "It's Getting Personal" (article)

Calls for improvement in not-for-profit governance have been around for a number of years. Prior scandals and a perceived lack of board involvement created an atmosphere of unregulated actions in the sector. 

May 28, 2013

Spring is Here; Time to Come in from the Cold? (article)

Spring is here, meaning (among other things) that the deadline to file your annual report on foreign bank and financial accounts is rapidly approaching. 

May 24, 2013

IRS’ Final Colleges and Universities Compliance Project Report Uncovers Widespread Noncompliance (article)

In April 2013, the IRS released its final report on tax-law compliance among non-profit colleges and universities, a project launched by the agency's Exempt Organizations (EO) Division in October 2008. 

May 23, 2013

FBAR Must be Received by June 30; Electric Filing Mandatory Thereafter (article)

The deadline for filing FBARs for calendar year 2012 is fast approaching. Taxpayers who have financial interests in or signature authority over certain foreign financial accounts must file Treasury Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts ("FBAR") by June 30 of each year. 

May 21, 2013

IRS Instructs Examiners Not to Challenge Treatment of Eligible Milestone Payments (article)

The IRS has directed examiners in the Large and International Business (LB&I) Division not to challenge a taxpayer's treatment of eligible milestone payments under certain conditions (LB&I 04-0413-002). The new directive applies only for the amounts deducted on original timely filed returns, and not for claims, whether formal or informal.

May 13, 2013

Personal Guarantees Made to Corporation Owned by IRAs Were Prohibited Transactions Disqualifying IRAs (article)

Personal guarantees made by IRA owners on loans made to a corporation owned by the IRAs constituted prohibited transactions and disqualified the IRAs, causing gain from a sale by the IRAs to be personally taxable to the taxpayers (Peek et al v. Commissioner, 140 T.C. No. 12, 5/9/2013). 

May 10, 2013

HRB 74 - Notice to Employees of Coverage Options; Updated COBRA Model

May 10, 2013 --One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers to give employees an explanation of the health plan options available under the Marketplace previously known as the exchange.  This requirement was to commence March 1, 2013, but was delayed until future guidance is issued (see prior CBIZ Health Reform Bulletin, 
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