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Monday, 10 December 2018 12:09

Top Four Wellness Plan Tips for 2019

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.

Published in Wellness

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.

Published in Healthcare Reform

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.

Published in Healthcare Reform

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.

Published in Compliance
Monday, 12 November 2018 08:35

Fall River is growing!

We are very excited to announce our incredible growth in the past few years, and the addition of two new professionals to our amazing team!

Published in Fall River News

A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is an employer-established account that allows them to reimburse a portion of the member’s out-of-pocket costs, usually while meeting the deductible on their health plan. Under the current regulations established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, HRAs are only allowed in conjunction with an employer group health plan. On October 29th, 2018, proposed regulations were announced by the Treasury Department, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor, that could change this limitation. 

Published in Healthcare Reform

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.  

Published in Industry Trends

With unemployment at historic lows and student debt at historic highs, it’s no wonder that employers are considering fresh types of benefits plans to attract talent. Some companies are offering student loan repayment benefits linked to their 401(k) plans, a practice which recently received a green light from the IRS in a private letter ruling. Though the ruling is not comprehensive and applies only to one company’s practice (pharmaceutical firm Abbott Laboratories), the decision provides guidance on how the IRS might rule in other cases. 

Published in Healthcare Reform

When the Obama administration issued guidance defining discrimination under the ACA to include denying certain benefits to transgender individuals, many employers began including new protocols for approving and covering certain benefits.

Those requirements appear to be shifting in the face of recent court cases as well as an expected new rule from Health and Human Services (HHS). While nothing is final yet, we’ve received a few questions from clients and wanted to address the status of this evolving issue. 

Published in Industry Trends

Fall River clients have complimentary access to HR360, a comprehensive online Human Resources portal designed to help you comply with employment and benefit laws in all 50 states. With HR360, you’ll find easy, step-by-step guidance on a broad range of laws and policies. Even non-clients can check it out at no cost! Learn how HR360 can make your life easier!

Published in Best Practices
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