Reminder: New Procedures for Disability Plan Claims Effective Soon

New Rule Changes Disability Claim Processing Requirements Effective for disability benefit claims filed after April 1, 2018, a new rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requires ERISA-covered employee benefit plans offering disability benefits to provide additional procedural protections to claimants. The new rule ensures that protections for disability claimants parallel protections under the…

Medicare Part D Disclosure Due to CMS by March 1

Online Form for Employers Offering Prescription Drug Coverage to Medicare Part D-Eligible Individuals The Medicare Modernization Act requires employers that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals to complete the Online Disclosure Form to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to report whether such coverage is creditable prescription drug coverage. Creditable coverage…

IRS Updates Q&As on ACA Information Reporting

The Internal Revenue Service has updated its Q&As regarding Form 1094-C and 1095-C information reporting by applicable large employers (ALEs)—generally those with at least 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees, in the preceding calendar year. The Q&As answer the following questions and more: For which employees must an ALE file Form 1095-C? What information…

Reminder: Form 1094 & 1095 Deadlines Approaching

Certain Employers Required to Electronically File Returns Employers subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) information reporting requirements are reminded that the deadlines to file and furnish Forms 1094 and 1095 are quickly approaching. The reporting deadlines in 2018 are for reporting information on the 2017 calendar year, and are as follows: Applicable large employers…

Reminder: Individual Mandate Remains in Effect for 2018

Requirement is Effectively Repealed Beginning in 2019 Individuals are reminded that the section of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which effectively repealed the individual shared responsibility provision (“individual mandate”) of the Affordable Care Act does not become effective until 2019. As a result, individuals are required to have minimum essential health coverage, qualify for…

‘Cadillac Tax’ Delayed Until 2022

Tax Previously Set to Become Effective in 2020 President Trump has signed the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, which (among other things) delays implementation of the “Cadillac Tax,” the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage, until 2022. Previously, this tax—which would impose a 40% tax on plans that cost more than…