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September 21, 2010
HRB 20 - Mini-Med Plan Relief from Annual Limit Restriction Offered
September 9, 2010
IRS COBRA Subsidy FAQs Updated
Recently, the IRS has updated its FAQs relating to the COBRA subsidy (note Q&As AE-36 and AE 38-50). The COBRA subsidy, enacted originally on February 17, 2009, and extended several times, expired on May 31, 2010.
VCP Relief for Sponsors of Pre-Approved Defined Contribution Plans
The IRS, in its Summer 2010 edition of Retirement News for Employers, explains some welcome relief for plan sponsors of pre-approved defined contribution plans that failed to adopt an approved restated document, or file for a determination letter application, by the April 30th deadline. These types of plans, with some exceptions, were to have been amended for the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) restatement deadline on or before April 30, 2010.
September 7, 2010
HRB 19 - Over-the-Counter Medication Prohibition Clarified
September 1, 2010
HRB 18 - Update: Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
HRB 17 - Simple Cafeteria Plans
August 30, 2010
HRB 16 - Federal External Claims Review: Interim Procedures and Model Notices
August 24, 2010
HRB 15 - Salary-based Discrimination Rules Applicable to Fully Insured Group Health Plans
August 19, 2010
HRB 14 - Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (“PCIP”)
August 6, 2010
Mandatory Medicare Reporting for HRAs Clarified
As mentioned in the June Benefit Beat (Updated Information: Mandatory Medicare Reporting for HRAs), the rules relating to the Mandatory Medicare Reporting for health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) have been clarified. TheCMS Group Health Plan User Guide has been updated to reflect this. Of particular note, both “free-standing” and “imbedded” HRAs must comply with the mandatory reporting.