Benefits

Agencies Issue No Surprises Act and Transparency Rule FAQs

Agencies Issue No Surprises Act and Transparency Rule FAQs

On Aug. 20, 2021, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of the No Surprises Act and transparency provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). The FAQs provide that Departments will defer enforcement of the rules regarding: Publishing transparency …

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Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before October 15, 2021

Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before October 15, 2021

Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable. Plan sponsors must provide the annual disclosure notice to Medicare-eligible individuals before Oct. 15, 2021—the …

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Proposed Rule Would Expand Electronic Filing

Proposed Rule Would Expand Electronic Filing

On July 23, 2021, the IRS published a proposed rule that would expand the requirement to file certain information returns electronically, including those under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) reporting requirements in Internal Revenue Code Section 6055 and Section 6056. For Form 1094 series, Forms 1095-B and 1095-C, Form 1099 series and Form 5498 series, …

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The Ideal Open Enrollment Timeline

The Ideal Open Enrollment Timeline – Infographic

The most successful open enrollment campaigns start engaging employees months before enrollment begins. That means organizations should review their offerings sooner rather than later so there’s ample time to develop and execute a successful campaign. Use this general timeline to help your organization prepare for a successful open enrollment period. 8-12 Weeks Before Open Enrollment …

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4 Lessons Learned From OPen Enrollment During The Pandemic

4 Lessons Learned From Open Enrollment During the Pandemic

The pandemic presented many learning opportunities for organizations as they pivoted and learned how to be resilient during uncertain times. The 2020 open enrollment season was one such opportunity, and many employers rose to the challenge by exploring new ways to engage and educate their employees about their benefits. With open enrollment approaching and hybrid/remote …

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PEOs and Workers Compensation

PEOs and Workers’ Compensation

Companies may need to work with professional employer organizations (PEOs) to obtain contract workers for several reasons—whether it’s to account for their seasonal production periods, fulfill large contracts or secure contract-to-hire positions. Yet, before using a PEO to acquire employees, it is important for employers to understand what the responsibilities are for each party involved …

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