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On July 25, 2018, the House of Representatives passed two health care bills, H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311, that would make significant changes to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). Republicans are pushing to expand HSA usage with a number of Democrats leaning…
Monday, 16 July 2018 12:54

Association Health Plans? Yes, No, Maybe

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The expansion of Association Health Plans (AHPs) has arrived. The U.S. Department of Labor announced regulations that will allow these plans to become effective as early as September 2018. AHPs allow small business to band together to purchase health insurance. Continue reading to understand whether these Association Health Plans might…
Monday, 14 May 2018 09:48

The Latest ACA Regulatory Changes

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The final Affordable Care Act provisions for 2019 have been released and they are in line with the regulations proposed on October 27, 2017. The provisions primarily concern the out-of-pocket maximums, Essential Health Benefits (EHBs), and the Marketplace.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:24

FMLA Tax Credit 2018

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The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) provides employees of companies with 50 or more workers up to 12 weeks of protected unpaid leave annually for their own serious health condition, for the adoption or birth of a child or to care for a spouse, child, or parent…
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 14:59

The Ever-Changing World of ACA Taxes

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There are several healthcare-related taxes that employers have been responsible for under the Affordable Care Act. Some have gone through a sunset while others continue, and some were given a temporary holiday and were scheduled to start anew in 2018. Following a short government shut-down, President Trump signed a short-term…
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:06

Individual mandate repealed for 2019

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For starters, the individual mandate is still in effect for 2018, meaning that employees may have to pay a sharp tax penalty of 2.5% of their income if they do not have health insurance. Early reports that this is no longer in place are false. Even after the individual mandate…
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 15:04

What Made the Cut in the Final Tax Cut Bill

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The Conference Committee in Congress worked last week to meld together the House and Senate versions of their tax cuts bill. Their compromise bill was passed on Tuesday, December 19th, by the House. While the Senate passed it that Wednesday, some last minute changes required Tuesday night by reconciliation rules …
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:11

How Tax Reform Impacts your Benefits

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Republicans have promised to get a tax bill on President Trump’s desk by the end of the year. In response, the House and Senate have created separate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in the last several weeks, leaving little time for them to be debated. These…
Friday, 10 November 2017 16:39

How Will Association Health Plans Impact Employers?

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In early October, President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing the Department of Labor to propose regulations to expand access to Association Health Plans (AHPs). This expansion would give small employers and the self-employed more health insurance options through bona fide trade and association groups based on profession and interest…
Congress missed the September 30 deadline to continue funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This means federal funding for this program will expire by the end of October. This could cause strain on state level budgets nationwide, because once CHIP funds run out, states will struggle to continue this…
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