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A federal judge in Texas released his long-awaited decision last Friday in the lawsuit brought by a coalition of Republican State Attorneys General and Governors challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. We first discussed the lawsuit here in September when the judge was hearing arguments.

In federal policy news, the midterm elections are (nearly) over, with a new Democrat-led US House of Representatives and a Republican-led Senate set to be seated for the first time on January 3. North Carolina’s 9th District US Representative will be noticeably absent from the new Congress as investigations continue into possible mail-in voter fraud in this year’s elections.

Before the 116th Congress convenes, however, the current government will be considering a spending bill to fund the government beyond its current deadline of December 21st.

Monday, 10 December 2018 12:09

Top Four Wellness Plan Tips for 2019

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Most Employers running a wellness program already have their 2019 game plan in place. For those that don’t, or if you are just starting to implement a program, here are some top thoughts and trends to consider.

On November 29th, the IRS announced an extension for furnishing 2018 IRS Forms, 1095-B and 1095-C to employees from January 31, 2019 to March 4, 2019 (IRS Notice 2018-94).

The extension, however, does not extend the due date for employers, insurers, and other providers of minimum essential coverage to file 2018 Forms (such as 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C and 1095-C) with the IRS. The filing due date for these forms remains February 28, 2019 for paper transmittals, or April 1, 2019, if filing electronically.

The Trump Administration recently proposed a plan that could potentially cut pricing for pharmaceuticals through Medicare Part B. Attempts to lower these costs is nothing new, and the Obama administration had proposed something similar before he left office, with little success.  

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