PPACA employer mandate delayed until 2015

PPACA employer mandate delayed until 2015 The Obama administration unexpectedly announced Tuesday it is delaying the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until 2015. The mandate — which requires mid-sized and large employers to offer health insurance coverage to their workers — was one of the main requirements of the health care overhaul that was set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. But the Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it would delay its enforcement an entire year after hearing numerous concerns from employers about the challenges of its implementation. “We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement… Read More

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Prodigy Learning Center’s Executive Director is a Happy Client

Hi Ed, I just wanted to let you know how great (our account manager) has been with our insurance issues. She has been so helpful to me. I don’t know if people take the time to tell you when your staff is doing a great job, but I wanted to let you know. She is great!!   Thanks. Christine Viteo, R.N. Executive Director Prodigy Learning Center Philadelphia, Pa.19132

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EMA Group to become Total Benefit Solutions Inc!

The health insurance industry is on its way to a major overhaul by the end of this year. With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), nearly every American will be affected by the new law and many already have.  With this in mind, we have decided to refocus our efforts to better serve our clients in alignment with the new world of health benefits. We are proud to announce that beginning August 1, 2013; EMA Group Inc. will be known as Total Benefit Solutions Inc.  Although our name is changing; our commitment to provide top notch guidance and support to our clients will never change.… Read More

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IBC Requesting tobacco data

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and effective January 1, 2014, insurers are permitted to use the following four categories to determine premiums:   Age Family Size Geography Tobacco   To comply with this provision, IBC will be implementing a new process to collect tobacco usage as part of their rating methodology for groups with 2-50 employees and sole proprietors.   Over the next several days, IBC will send letters to employers with January 1, 2014 renewal dates to gather this information. In the mailing, there will be a letter and a Tobacco Use Form, that must be completed for each of their employees and dependents age 21 and over… Read More

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Total Benefit Solutions Uses ZaneHRA to Offer Defined Contribution Solutions

President Ed MacConnell and Total Benefits Solutions partnered with Zane Benefits in 2012 to offer small business clients custom defined contribution solutions. Instead of providing an employer health benefit, employers simply provide a set dollar amount and the employee decides which plans they would like to enroll in. Often times, this can make for a more personalized benefit experience for the member. President Ed MacConnell says “I chose to partner with Zane Benefits to not only adapt to health care reform, but to thrive amongst the changing health insurance landscape. Zane’s defined contribution software platform, along with Total Benefit Solutions’ private exchange offerings, creates the ideal health care reform solution… Read More

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First PCORI Fees Due by July 31, 2013

Revised IRS Form 720 Now Available for Employers Sponsoring HRAs and Other Self-Insured Plans to Report and Pay PCORI Fees   First PCORI Fees Due by July 31, 2013 The IRS has revised Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return, for employers sponsoring certain self-insured health plans to report and pay new fees imposed under Health Care Reform to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The fees, which must be reported annually on the second quarter Form 720 and paid by its due date, July 31st, are based on the average number of lives covered under a plan. Affected Self-Insured Plans PCORI fees are imposed on plan sponsors of… Read More

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Heathcare Reform: Important New Guidance on Affordability

In order to receive a subsidy in the Health Insurance Marketplace (formerly referred to as the Exchange), generally an individual must not be eligible for affordable coverage under an eligible employer sponsored plan that provides minimum value. Additionally, large employers looking to avoid penalty exposure must offer all full-time employees (and their dependents) affordable coverage that meets minimum value. Although final regulations were published back in February, further clarification was needed on the health benefits considered in determining the share of benefit costs paid by a plan.  Click the link below to read the rest of the article.   Minimum Value and Affordability-060513R

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Health Reform: Contraceptive Coverage and Non-Profit Organizations

Under the ACA, most health plans must cover women’s preventive services, including contraception, without charging a co-pay or deductible. The interim final rules provided that group health plans established or maintained by religious employers were exempt from these requirements. Guidance issued subsequent to the final rules established a temporary enforcement safe harbor for group health plans established or maintained by certain non-profit organizations that have religious objections to contraceptive coverage. The safe harbor is in effect until the first plan year that begins on or after August 1, 2013. Please click the link below to download and review the guidance. Health reform- contraceptive coverage and Non Profits

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Health Reform: Exchange Notice Requirements

Open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the Exchange (now referred to as the Health Insurance Marketplace) begins October 1, 2013. The Affordable Care Act creates a new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) section that requires employers to provide each employee at the time of hiring, as well as current employees, a written notice that includes information regarding the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Earlier materials referred to this notice as the “Exchange Notice,” however, it is now referred to as the “Notice of Coverage Options. Click the link below to download and view the notice. Health Reform-Exchange Notice

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Health Reform Update: Shop Exchanges

Individuals and small employers will be able to purchase private health insurance through a new marketplace called “The Exchange” beginning in 2014. Each state that chooses to operate an Exchange must also establish a Small Business Health Options Program (“SHOP”) that assists eligible small businesses in providing health insurance options for their employees. Click the link below to download and review the entire notice.   Health reform-Shop Exchange Facts

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Exchange Notice Must Be Provided to Current and New Employees

Following a delay in the original effective date, employers will need to comply with the new requirement to provide each employee a written notice with information about a Health Insurance Exchange (also known as a Marketplace) beginning this fall.   Employers are required to provide the written notice to each current employee not later than October 1, 2013, and to each new employee at the time of hiring beginning October 1, 2013(for 2014, a notice will be considered provided “at the time of hiring” if it is provided within 14 days of an employee’s start date). Model language that employers may use to satisfy the notice requirement is available from the U.S. Department… Read More

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CBO: Obama budget would cut $364 billion in Medicare spending

President Obama’s budget proposal would save the Medicare program $364 billion  over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO largely concurred with the White  House’s estimates, which pegged the budget’s Medicare savings at $370  billion. Read the rest of the story here. Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/medicare/300497-cbo-obama-budget-would-cut-364-billion-in-medicare-spending#ixzz2Tq8qATza Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

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New Guidance on SBC’s

Under health care reform, plan participants and beneficiaries must be provided a 4-page summary of benefits and coverage (“SBC”) and uniform glossary. This requirement is effective for open enrollment periods that begin on or after September 23, 2012. For participants and beneficiaries who enroll in group health plan coverage outside of open enrollment (e.g., newly eligible individuals and special enrollees), the SBC must be provided beginning on the first day of the first plan year that begins on or after September 23, 2012. This requirement is an ongoing one and, as open enrollment season approaches, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury have issued updated guidance and… Read More

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IBC-Important update-changes to group plan selection requirements

We would like to share some important updates and reminders about the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including information about off-anniversary benefit changes, obtaining SBCs through our brochure and giveaway system (BAGS), and SBC postcards that are sent to members. Under the ACA both group health plans (customers) and health insurance issuers (health insurers) are required to provide the SBC to participants under certain circumstances. ACA 60-day notification requirement for off-anniversary benefit changes For customers who make off-anniversary material modifications (e.g., benefit changes) that affect the content of the SBC, participants in the customer’s group health plan must receive notification of the change… Read More

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Important Guidance Issued on Notice of Exchange

Open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the Exchange (now referred to as the Health Insurance Marketplace) begins October 1, 2013. The Affordable Care Act creates a new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) section that requires employers to provide each employee at the time of hiring, as well as current employees, a written notice that includes information regarding the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Click this link to download this important announcement… Exchange Notice – 051013R

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Regulation Issued on Small Group Exchange Plans

Individuals and small employers will be able to purchase private health insurance through a new marketplace called “The Exchange” beginning in 2014. Each state that chooses to operate an Exchange must also establish a Small Business Health Options Program (“SHOP”) that assists eligible small businesses in providing health insurance options for their employees. Click the link to download the rest of the announcement… SHOP Exchanges – 050813R

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Health Savings Account – HSA 2014 Rules & Requirements

Health Savings Account – HSA 2014 Rules & Requirements The IRS recently announced the health savings account rules and requirements for 2014. The HSA contribution limits and out-of-pocket maximums have been increased.   2014 HSA Contribution Limits For calendar year 2014, the annual HSA contribution limits are: Individuals (self-only coverage) – $3,300 (up $50 from 2013) Family coverage – $6,550 (up $100 from 2013) HDHP minimum required deductibles The High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) required deductibles for an HSA did not change from 2013 to 2014: $1,250 for self-only coverage $2,500 for family coverage Out-of-pocket maximum The annual out-of-pocket expenses include deductibles, co-payments, and other amounts, but not premiums. The… Read More

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Aetna introduces the Premium Savings Plan for Healthcare Reform

The Premium Savings program allows you to keep the plan you have, as allowed under the ACA. Doing so will help you to limit disruption in a changing health care environment. Plus,it gives you the time you need to assess your business needs in the future. Aetna clients have the option to: Canceltheir current policy and add a new 12 month policy with a new renewal date of Sept., Oct., Nov. or Dec.  2013. In some states, customers may be able to retain current benefits and rate levels through September-December 2014. Maintain their existing policy and renewal cycle ending in 2014 and move to plans and rates that comply with 2014 ACA regulations at… Read More

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United Healthcare offering early renewal option

Due to the expected rate increases, and uncertainty caused by the PPACA implementation date of January 1st 2014, United Healthcare is allowing groups who renew in the first quarter of the year to roll their renewal back to December 2013. This is an opportunity for United Healthcare clients to renew early and also lock in their plan and rates for most of the year 2014. More details will be following soon. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns at 215/355-2121.   Want more information from United Healthcare on reform? Click here for a guide for employers.

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