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October 12, 2008

Massachusetts Fair Share Requirement Relaxed?

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued new regulations relating to the fair share contribution requirement. While the Massachusetts health care reform experiment does not require employers to provide, or make a contribution toward, health coverage for their employees, it does impose an annual financial fee assessment ($295 per employee) upon employers who do not.

October 12, 2008

Health Coverage Rights for Students on Medical Leave: “Michelle’s Law”

On October 9, 2008, President Bush signed a law (H.R. 2851) that requires individual and group health plans to extend health coverage to dependent college students who take a medically-necessary leave of absence due to a serious illness or injury. This law was enacted as a result of the death of a seriously-ill college student forced to retain full-time student status in order to maintain much needed health coverage.

September 4, 2008

New CMS Website for Medicare Payer Reporting

As described in the January, 2008 Benefit Beat, a new reporting requirement will be imposed upon insurers, third party administrators (TPAs), and plan administrators of self-funded, self-administered health plans.  The reporting requirement relates to the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) rules.  These rules require that a group health plan pay primary to Medicare in three instances: 

September 4, 2008

San Francisco: New Commuter Benefit Mandate

The City of San Francisco is at it again:

September 4, 2008

Proposed Rules: Investment Advice Exemption for 401(K) Plans and IRAS

The DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has been busy issuing investment advice guidance provided under 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts (IRA). 

August 5, 2008

Coming Soon: New Participant Disclosure

The Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor has been on a mission to improve information sharing, particularly as it relates to qualified plan fee disclosure.  This mission has been divided into three parts:

August 5, 2008

New HSA Proposed Rules - Employer Contributions and Excise Tax

The IRS and Treasury have been busy again, espousing their positions on health savings accounts (HSAs).  This time, the guidance comes in the form of proposed regulations.  These regulations relate to the HSA comparability (discrimination) rules.  The regulations also address the excise (penalty) tax that can be assessed for several types of plan violations. 

August 5, 2008

Recent Noteworthy Court Decisions

Three recent court decisions, one by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and two by the U.S. Supreme Court, bear some contemplation.

July 9, 2008

CMS Issues New Updated Medicare Part D Notices

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have developed new model Medicare Part D notices to be used on or after June 15, 2008:

July 9, 2008

“HEROES Act” Signed into Law

On June 17, 2008, President Bush signed theHeroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 (“Heroes Act”, Public Law 110-245), highlighted in last month’sBenefit Beat.  This law, among other things:

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