Final Rule Extends FMLA Rights to Same-sex Couples

On February 26, 2015 By Tevis

On Feb. 25, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that expands the definition of “spouse” under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The expanded definition of “spouse” allows eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages … Continue reading


IRS Releases Final Forms and Instructions for ACA Reporting Under Code Sections 6055 and 6056

On February 11, 2015 By Tevis

The ACA created new reporting requirements under Internal Revenue Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require certain employers to provide information to the IRS about the health plan coverage they offer (or do not offer) to their employees. On Feb. … Continue reading


January 2015 BenefitsBuzz

On December 31, 2014 By Tevis

HHS Issues Proposed Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016 On Nov. 21, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Proposed Rule, which contains several proposed changes for 2016. Among … Continue reading


An Affordable Care Act Potpourri of FAQs, Notices, and Litigation

On November 19, 2014 By Tevis

Over the last 30 days, the Agencies (Internal Revenue Service, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Labor) have published guidance on the following: Minimum Value plans must contain hospitalization coverage (IRS Notice 2014-69); Permitted election changes in … Continue reading


Agencies Issue Guidance Prohibiting Reimbursement of Individual Insurance Premiums

On November 7, 2014 By Tevis

In response to interest from employers in helping employees pay for individual health insurance policies, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Service (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued FAQ guidance on Nov. 6, 2014, clarifying that these arrangements … Continue reading


Self-Funded Health Plans Reminder: Reinsurance Fees

On November 4, 2014 By Tevis

Plan sponsors of self-funded major medical (not dental or vision) plans must submit an enrollment count to the HHS by November 15, 2014. On Friday, October 24, 2014, the Department of Treasury (IRS) issued the Form plan sponsors must use … Continue reading


2015 New California Benefits Legislation: Some Legislative Trendsetting!

On November 3, 2014 By Tevis

The California legislature and its Governor have done it again. California is only the second state in the nation to promulgate a statewide paid sick leave plan. They also addressed the Hobby Lobby decision with California legislation on contraceptive coverage. The … Continue reading


November BenefitsBuzz

On October 24, 2014 By Tevis

Agencies Issue Final Rule Expanding the Definition of Excepted Benefits On Sept. 26, 2014, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury issued final regulations expanding one category of excepted benefits. Excepted benefits are certain … Continue reading


2015 Legal Notices, Including the October 15 Part-D Notice

On October 2, 2014 By Tevis

Background The original purpose of this annual Benefits Alert was to assure plan sponsors’ awareness of their duty to send out Medicare Part-D notices to health plan participants. Last year’s Benefits Alert onthe topic also included yet another notice to … Continue reading


The Affordable Care Act: Preparing for Reporting Requirements Data Collection for Calendar Year 2015!

On September 30, 2014 By Tevis

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements are extensive. Whether the insurer does the filing (insured health plans) or the plan sponsor of self-insured health plans does the filing, a new administrative burden is upon all plan sponsors as of … Continue reading