ACA Affordability Contribution Rate Set at 9.78% for 2020

New Figure Marks Decrease from 2019 Under the employer shared responsibility (“pay or play”) provisions of the Affordable Care Act, applicable large employers—generally those who have 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees)—may be subject to a penalty if they do not offer affordable coverage that provides minimum value to their full-time employees…

Reminder: PCORI Fees Due July 31

The Affordable Care Act imposes a fee on issuers of specified health insurance policies and plan sponsors of applicable self-insured health plans to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The fee, required to be reported only once a year on the second quarter Form 720 and paid by its due date, July 31, is…

EEOC Delays Amending Wellness Program Regulations to End of 2019

On May 22, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced its plans to issue amended regulations related to wellness program incentives by December 2019. This signals the second pushback of the EEOC’s deadline to publish new wellness program incentive regulations. Back in 2016, the EEOC had finalized two rules that regulated employer-sponsored wellness programs.…

Reminder: PCORI Fees Due July 31

Fees Apply to Employers Sponsoring Certain Self-Insured Plans As a reminder, employers that sponsor certain self-insured health plans are responsible for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees. Fees for plan years that ended in 2018 are due July 31, 2019. Employers must report and pay the required PCORI fees annually via IRS Form 720. For…

Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Notice Reminder

All group health plans that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare Part D eligible individuals (whether actively working, retired, or disabled) are required to notify CMS whether or not the coverage provided is creditable. This disclosure is required whether the coverage is primary or secondary to Medicare. Employers must file their Disclosure Notice through the…

IRS Releases 2020 HSA Adjustments

The IRS has released the 2020 inflation adjustments affecting Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Health Plans. The 2020 IRS HSA limits are as follows: ITEM 2019 2020 Annual Contribution Limit – Individual $3,500 $3,550 Annual Contribution Limit – Family $7,000 $7,100 Annual Catch-Up Contribution Limit (Age 55 to 65) $1,000 $1,000 Minimum Deductible for…