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06/12/2018

2019 HSA Limits Rise, IRS Says

Contribution limits to HSAs have been announced for 2019, the IRS says.

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06/12/2018

IRS Reverts to Prior HSA Limit for Family Coverage

Why the limit change again?

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12/07/2017

IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2018

Recently the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits on various employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans and the Social Security wage base for 2018

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05/02/2017

Bill headed to Senate would provide ‘safety blanket’ for benefit plans

Nearly half of all employees are covered by a self-insured group health plan. Many companies that offer these plans have separate stop-loss insurance policies to protect them against the risk of catastrophically high claims. Some states and the Obama administration have attempted to regulate stop-loss insurance; a move the Self-Insurance Institute of America says would render it unaffordable.

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01/19/2017

DOL Announces Annual Adjustments to Many Employee Benefit Plan Penalties

The DOL has issued the first annual adjustment of civil monetary penalties for a wide range of benefit-related violations.

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11/29/2016

Should ERISA exemption be sought for voluntary?

As an ever-changing healthcare market continues to drive up demand for voluntary benefits, employers face a strategic compliance choice on which brokers and advisers can help them decide.

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09/12/2016

Cybersecurity and the role of ERISA fiduciaries

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended protects plan participant benefits and account balances by imposing high standards of care on the plan’s fiduciaries. Fiduciaries who do not follow these standards—most notably, the protection of participant personal and plan information—may be personally liable to restore losses to the plan.

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08/10/2016

DOL Significantly Increases Certain ERISA Civil Penalties Effective August 2, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has significantly increased a number of civil monetary penalty amounts (CMPs) that may be assessed by the DOL\'s Employee Benefits Security Administration for violations of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

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07/13/2016

Department Of Labor

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW RULES TO ADJUST CIVIL PENALTY AMOUNTS

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05/19/2016

IRS Releases 2017 Health Savings Account Limits

The IRS released the 2017 cost of living adjustments relating to health savings accounts. For 2017, the HDHP annual deductible limits and out-of-pocket limits remain unchanged from 2016 limits; only the individual contribution limit increased slightly.

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03/03/2016

An Employee Benefit Plan Compliance Reminder

With all of the energy being spent on the Affordable Care Act, it is possible that some rules and requirements slip through the cracks. It is as important as ever to make sure employers sponsoring group health plans continue to satisfy all plan obligations.

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01/06/2016

5 Health Insurance Resolutions to Consider for 2016

Health insurance may not be the sexiest New Year's resolutions subject, but thinking about it could be just as important as vowing to drop a few pounds or quit smoking.

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12/31/2015

2016 Will be the Year of the Healthcare Consumer (Again)

2016 may well be the year of the consumer in healthcare.

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11/09/2015

New Transportation Legislation in 2016

Transporation Changes for Plans Using Debit Cards

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10/22/2015

2015 Health IT Leadership Summit

2015 Health IT Leadership Summit to Focus on Consumer-Driven Healthcare in a Digital Age

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08/05/2015

IRS issues first taste of Cadillac tax implementation

Who is Responsible for Paying the Cadillac Tax?

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07/24/2015

Small businesses remain in ACA delay limbo

Changes are Coming for Small-Size Businesses with Large Plans

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06/24/2015

Who Will Be Affected if SCOTUS Rules Against Obamacare?

The Supreme Court tackles the Affordable Care Act again.

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05/26/2015

ACA Exempt Plans

New Legislation Exempts Certain Plans from the ACA

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04/20/2015

FSA vs HSA

Covering the New Copay

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04/16/2015

EEOC Rule Update

EEOC Wellness Rule Eases Fears for Employers

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12/10/2014

Cafeteria Plan Amendments

A Year End Action Item

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10/21/2014

Changes To Cafeteria Plan Election Rules

The IRS recently issued Notice 2014-55

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08/20/2014

ECFC EMPLOYER ALERT

Individual Medical Policy May Result in Significant Excise Tax Liability

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07/16/2014

ECFC ALERT

Take action now to support the Transit Commuter Benefit

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05/27/2014

New Law Signed by President Obama Eliminates Deductible Limits for Small Employer Market Health Plans

Employers Council on Flexible Compensation Heralds Repeal a Huge Victory for Consumer-Based Healthcare and Benefit Accounts

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05/15/2014

ECFC Alert

IRS releases 2014 inflation-adjusted amounts for HSAs and proposed regulations

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