Small business tax concerns with SHOP

Initially created with the goal of helping small businesses comply with the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) has not been meeting expectations. Click here to read the full story on Benefits Pro As always your Total Benefit Solution team is available to answer YOUR questions about the Small Business SHOP at (215)355-2121.

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Health Reform: Q+A: Are we able to give a bonus to employees to sign up for health insurance?

The following question came to us recently from a small group client. Send us your question and we may use yours in the future! Question: Are we able to give a signing up bonus to encourage employees to sign up for health insurance or will that be an issue with health care reform? Answer: An employer may provide bonuses at its discretion as long as the amount is reported as taxable compensation. Federal law prohibits employers from providing incentives to certain employees (such as Medicare-eligible persons) to discourage them from enrolling for group health coverage, but there is no prohibition against incentives to encourage enrollment. The bonus would be taxable compensation… Read More

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Health Care Reform: 2016 Cost-Sharing Limits, Reinsurance Fee,and Other Changes Related to the Exchange

On February 27, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) changed cost-sharing and transitional reinsurance program fee limits and released standards for health insurers and the Exchange (a.k.a. the Health Insurance Marketplace). This article identifies a few items of note for employers. 2016 Cost-Sharing Limits, Reinsurance Fee, and Other Changes Related to the Exchange – 040915R

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Group Health Plan Notices 2015 CALENDAR

Group Health Plan Notices 2015 CALENDAR From our partners at HR360: This calendar/checklist is designed to help companies review the key reporting and notice requirements that may apply to their employer-sponsored group health plans under ERISA , the Affordable cxare Act, Medicare and more. Please note that this list is for general reference purposes only and is not all-inclusive. Note: ERISA and benefit requirements are complex, and your plan’s responsibilities may vary depending on the individual circumstances surrounding your company’s plan. Employers who have questions are encouraged to consult with their plan administrators, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, or a knowledgeable employment law attorney… Read More

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Health Advocate: Medical Health Advisor

Total Benefit Solutions, Inc now offers the Medical Health Advisor benefit! Watch this short video and ask us how your organization can benefit from offering this personal health advocate service to your employees!  

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Total Benefits Partners With Primepay for ACA Compliant Reporting Services

Employer Reporting Requirements and Forms: Total Benefit Solutions Inc. has partnered up with PrimePay for affordable care act reporting. Click the to download the ACA reporting requirements grid that includes a handy link to the required forms including the IRS reporting flyer and the 1095-B and 1095-C forms . ACA Reporting Requirements About Primepay-Total Benefit Solutions Ask your Total Benefit Solutions Account Manager today for more information (215)355-2121

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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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Is your small business eligible for the health care tax credit? Find Out-Health Care Tax Credit Estimator

Does your small business: Have 25 employees or less? Pay at lest 50% of the employee’s health insurance premium? Have average employee earnings of under $50,000 annually?   Then you may be eligible for the health care tax credit! Click here for the CMS HCTC estimator tool. As always contact your Total Benefit Solutions account manager at (215)355-2121 if you have any questions about the SHOP Marketplace of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.

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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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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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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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What is Small Group Defined Contribution-Private Exchange Solution?

What is Small Group Defined Contribution-Private Exchange Solution? With health care reform now being implemented, many employers large and small will consider this arrangement to offer their employees a quality, flexible, easy to use  and competitive benefit package. Simply, the employer decides what dollar amount they will provide to each employee. The employee then uses that dollar amount as a “voucher” of sorts. With the voucher or credit in hand, each employee can choose a plan that best suits their needs from a menu of health plans.  In the past, small group employers had to juggle the challenge of affordability and providing a quality benefit that worked for their entire… Read More

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What is Critical Illness Insurance?

Why Critical Illness as a “wrap” plan Because: They’re more affordable than you might think. They’re available for employer  groups, individuals and seniors. They make selecting a health plan easier. They provide peace of mind against a catastrophic event and large out of pocket expenses. They’re person and portable, it doesn’t matter where you get your health insurance from, having your own critical illness plan makes it better. Many clients have asked how they can supplement their employees coverage when they get enrolled through the affordable care act healthcare.gov marketplace. Employers are permitted to offer wrap plans that consist of “excepted benefits”, meaning they are not regulated by the affordable… Read More

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