2017 Inflation Adjusted Amounts for HSAs

The IRS released the inflation adjustments for health savings accounts (HSAs) and their accompanying high deductible health plans (HDHPs) effective for calendar year 2017.  Most limits remained the same as 2016 amounts. Click the link below to download the bulletin. 2017 Inflation Adjusted Amounts for HSAs

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Health Care Reform: 8 things the IRS wants small employers to know about the health care tax credit

  The Affordable Care Act’s small business health care tax credit is designed to encourage small employers to offer health insurance coverage to their employees. Click the link below to download the whitepaper 8 things the IRS wants small employers to know about this credit: 8 Things to Know About the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit For more information about the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc account manager at (215)355-2121 or visit your ThinkHR library at www.thinkhr.com and log in.     Watch a video below about the Small Business Healthcare Tax Credit

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Obama administration backs off on ACA rules for 2017 health plans

CMS released a sweeping final rule (PDF) Monday afternoon that solidifies the Affordable Care Act’s coverage policies for 2017. The agency proposed tight network adequacy provisions and standardized health plan options in November, which fueled antipathy from the health insurance industry.   Click here for the full story from Modern Healthcare   As always, please contact your Total Benefit Solutions, Inc account manager at (215)355-2121 if you have any questions or concerns about the Affordable Care Act.

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Now Available: Empower Me Benefits Private Exchange

Total Benefit Solutions has partnered with Empower Me Benefits to provide our clients with best in industry benefits technology that‘s customizable for even the smallest employer. The EmpowerMe Benefits Exchange allows you to remain complaint with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), easily manage benefits, and control health care costs with a single solution. The EmpowerMeBenefits Exchange is an online benefit marketplace and benefits administration platform designed specifically to meet the needs of small and mid-sized companies. The Exchange provides employers with an enrollment and administration platform that aids employers in ACA compliance. This web-based solution allows you to offer any medical coverage next to pre-selected ancillary, voluntary, and TPA products.… Read More

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2016 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Begins

2016 Individual and Family Plans Open Enrollment for 2016 Open enrollment opens on November 1st 2015 and ends on January 21st 2016. As the 2016 Open Enrollment Period gets ready to explode, we will be updating this page regularly with plan benefits, rates and information as they become available. Remember Total Benefit Solutions dedicated, licensed, certified and insured representatives can help anyone enroll on the healthcare Marketplace, or off!   Full Service Client Intake Form: Click here to get started. This is not an application for insurance. This form will provide the information that is needed to determine Marketplace eligibility and must be entered on Healthcare.gov We understand that Health Care… Read More

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Health Reform: Reduction in Hours First Lawsuit is Filed by Employees

The first complaint was filed challenging the permissibility of reducing hours below 30 per week in order to avoid the Employer Penalty. The complaint was filed in a New York district federal court on behalf of 10,000 workers at Dave and Buster’s. The plaintiffs allege that their hours were cut so that Dave and Buster’s could avoid health care costs associated with expanding eligibility in order to avoid the Employer Penalty. Click the link below to download this bulletin.   Reduction in Hours Subject to Lawsuit in New York – 73115R  

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Video: Independence Blue Cross Medicare Plans

  Enjoy the latest TV Commercial from Independence Blue Cross about their Medicare supplement plans. Remember, Independence Blue Cross is just one of the many insurers that  Total Benefit Solutions works with, on the healthcare.gov marketplace, on the private market, in the senior market and also small groups. Call us at (215)355-2121 to see if IBC has a plan that’s a good fit for you.

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Video: Turning 26? Here’s when to apply for health insurance

Video: Turning 26? Here’s when to apply for health insurance If you are turning 26 and still on your parent’s health insurance plan, first of all, happy birthday! And secondly, congratulations! You can now purchase your very own health insurance. In fact, once you turn 26, your parent’s can no longer cover you under their health plan. Remember, Independence Blue Cross is just one of the many insurers that  Total Benefit Solutions works with, on the healthcare.gov marketplace, on the private market, in the senior market and also small groups. Call us at (215)355-2121 to see if IBC has a plan that’s a good fit for you, or click here for… Read More

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Health Care Reform: Taxes and Fees-PCORI Fee, Transitional Reinsurance Fee, Insurer Fee and Excise Tax

Health Care Reform: Taxes and Fees-PCORI Fee, Transitional Reinsurance Fee, Insurer Fee and Excise Tax   From United Healthcare: Taxes and fees under the health reform law impact both fully insured and self-funded plans. But, they impact funding types differently. Employers with self-funded health plans submit applicable health reform fees directly to the government, and those with fully insured health plans will see fees prorated into their premiums. The fees are prorated over 12 months. Here is what you need to know about these fees and how they will impact your business. Please note that this document, provided by United Healthcare, has carrier specific language, however please contact your Total Benefit… Read More

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IRS Releases Draft 2015 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C

Last week, the IRS issued draft 2015 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. The forms are substantially the same as the 2014 forms,except for a couple of changes. Please click the link below to read the bulletin. IRS Releases Draft 2015 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C – 062615R Not sure what forms you need? Fee free to contact your Total Benefit Solutions account manager at (215)355-2121 or check our health care reform compliance center.

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Instant Quotes for Individual Dental and Vision

  Total Benefit Solutions is proud to announce our new individual dental and vision plans with Delta Dental and VSP Vision and more! Click the link below to quote, compare and enroll instantly!   Click here now get instant dental and vision quotes   You don’t have to do it alone. Call us at  (215)355-2121 and one of our trained, licensed and certified account managers will answer your questions and help you through the process.

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Lost your health coverage?

  Losing other health coverage, including losing a job-based plan, aging off a parent’s coverage at 26, losing coverage through divorce, losing eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, and similar events. Coverage can take effect: The first day of the month after you enroll and after the loss of coverage Enrollment window: From 60 days before to 60 days after losing your other coverage Important: If you leave your job for any reason and lose your job-based health coverage, you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. But you don’t get an SEP if you voluntarily drop: a job-based plan without leaving your job; an individual insurance plan; unexpired COBRA coverage; or… Read More

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PPACA dropouts cut enrollment by 1.5 million

(Bloomberg) — About 1.5 million people dropped off health insurance coverage rolls this year after failing to pay for policies they picked on the Obamacare marketplaces. That left 10.2 million covered by Affordable Care Act policies as of March 31, up from 6.3 million at the end of 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said today. Eighty- five percent got subsidies to help them afford coverage. Click here to read the story.

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Total Benefit Solutions New Individual Dental & Vision Choices

As always at Total Benefit Solutions Inc, we are looking for ways to help our clients get the coverages they need. With our new dental and vision enrollment portal we can now offer individual dental and vision plans from top notch insurers like Delta Dental and Davis Vision. Easy to quote and easy to enroll! Try it today  and see for yourself by clicking here  

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Relief for Small Employers Reimbursing Individual Policies

An employer cannot offer employees cash to reimburse the purchase of an individual policy, whether or not the employer treats the money as pre-tax or post-tax to the employee. Such arrangements (called “employer payment plans”) are subject to the market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), including prohibition on annual limits and the requirement to provide certain preventive services without cost sharing with which it cannot comply. These arrangements may be subject to a $100/day excise tax per applicable employee (which is $36,500 per year, per employee). Click the link below to read the bulletin: Relief for Small Employers Reimbursing Individual Policies – 031915R  

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IRS won’t penalize those who received wrong tax info from FFM

The Internal Revenue Service will not try to collect additional taxes from those taxpayers who have already filed their taxes after receiving incorrect information from the federal health insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov click here to read the story

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IRS Penalties for Small Employers Reimbursing Individual Health Insurance Premiums Will Not Apply Until July 2015

IRS Penalties for Small Employers Reimbursing Individual Health Insurance Premiums Will Not Apply Until July 2015 IRS Notice 2015-17 provides limited transition relief from the assessment of excise taxes for small employers who reimburse, or directly pay, the premium for an employee’s individual health insurance policy. Prohibited Plans An “employer payment plan” is an arrangement under which an employer reimburses an employee for some or all of the premium expenses incurred for an individual health insurance policy, or an arrangement under which the employer uses its funds to directly pay the premium for an individual health insurance policy covering the employee. Pursuant to prior agency guidance, employer payment plans are… Read More

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CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period for Tax Season

CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period for Tax Season Contact:    press@cms.hhs.gov   CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period for Tax Season Eligible consumers have from March 15 through April 30 to enroll in coverage The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes in states which use the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM). This special enrollment period will allow those individuals and families who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015… Read More

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PA Governor Wolf Delivers Victory for CHIP Buy-In Program, Ensures Families will Keep Coverage and be Held Harmless

PR Newswire Association LLC HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Governor Tom Wolf today announced that as a result of his administration’s continued efforts, the federal government has agreed that Pennsylvania families enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Buy-in Plan will not face tax penalties in 2015 while the program is brought into compliance with minimum essential coverage (MEC) under the Affordable Care Act.   For Full Story Click here

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How do the HMO Proactive Plans and “Tiered Network” plans work?

Tiered or Narrow Network Plans: Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance carriers have introduced “tiered network”, or narrowed network plans. Keystone Proactive Plans have a ” 3 tiered” network of providers. Although each carrier has different types of networks and benefit levels, the plans have the same general concept, steering the members by giving them a choice of providers that offer medical services at a lower out of pocket expense. Choosing a more expensive provider or facility may cost the member more out of pocket costs. United Healthcare offers 3 tiers in their “Navigate” plans, and Aetna uses “Savings Plus” designated providers to split the provider network into “designated” or “non designated” participating… Read More

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Reality Check: The Price Of Not Buying Health Insurance

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans have until Feb. 15 to sign up for health care insurance or pay a tax penalty. Click here for the full story Still need insurance? Click here!

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New tax form for individuals with coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace

Beginning in January 2015, the Health Insurance Marketplace Health and Human Services will be issuing a new 1095-A tax form to individuals who purchased coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you or anyone in your household enrolled in a health plan through http://www.healthcare.gov you should receive the new tax form in the mail. You should use this form when filing your 2014 federal income tax return. For more information visit www.IRS.gov/ACA or www.healthcare.gov/taxes or contact your tax advisor. The following publications are also available: Health Care Law: What’s New for Individuals & Families  This is a large publication with many details. 3 Tips: The Marketplace and taxes Regarding your tax forms and… Read More

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Updated Healthcare Reform Calculators

Total Benefit Solutions Inc. has updated our healthcare reform calculators on our website, https://www.totalbenefits.net Calculators include: How much tax credit is my small group eligible for? What are the conditions required to get the tax credit? Pay or Play Mandate penalty-What is my risk as a group? Individual Subsidy Calculator Click here to get to our healthcare reform calculators.

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2014 Compliance Bulletin Compilation

Download our 2014 Compliance Bulletin Compilation, featuring all of our released compliance bulletins for the entire year!  Topics include, Health Savings Accounts, The Individual Mandate, Employer “pay or play” mandate, exemptions, FSA carryovers and much, much more. All of the bulletins are in an easy to search format for your convenience. 2014 Compliance Compilation – Download As always please contact your Total Benefit Solutions account manager at (215)355-02121 if you have any further questions or concerns.

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IBC: Effective January 1, 2015, HIPAA Certificates of Creditable Coverage are no longer required

On February 24, 2014, the United States Departments of Health and Human Services issued a final rule that addressed the requirement to provide HIPAA Certificates of Creditable Coverage (HIPAA Certificates) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the ACA prohibits pre-existing condition exclusions, the new rule eliminates the requirement to provide HIPAA Certificates beginning December 31, 2014. What does this mean for members?  Previously, when coverage was terminated for a member or his/her dependents, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) issued a HIPAA Certificate. Because the ACA prohibits the application of pre-existing condition exclusions, which applies to both grandfathered and non-grandfathered health plans, these certificates are no longer required. Effective January, 1,… Read More

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