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Updated on November 19, 2015

HHS Issues Proposed Rule on ACA Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Rules Which May Affect Certain Employer-Sponsored Plans

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published a proposed rule broadly prohibiting discrimination in health programs and related activities that receive funding from the HHS. The proposed rule directly affects health insurers, health care providers (including pharmacies and health clinics), and some employer-sponsored group health plans..


Final 2015 FUTA Credit Reductions Released

Nov 17

Employers in three states (California, Connecticut, and Ohio) and the U.S. Virgin Islands will pay significantly higher Federal Unemployment Act (FUTA) taxes in January 2016, due to unpaid federal loans to those affected states.


Budget Agreement Affects Employer Affordable Care Act (ACA) Obligations

Nov 3

On October 29, 2015 the House and Senate passed a two-year agreement on the debt ceiling and federal budget, following the Senate’s 64-35 vote. H.R. 1314 was signed into law on November 2nd, and became Public Law 114-53.


IRS Announces 2016 Benefit Plan Contribution Limits

Oct 28

On October 21, 2015, the IRS announced via Revenue Procedure 2015-53 the dollar limitation on employee salary reductions for contributions to health flexible spending accounts.


Preparing for Affordable Care Act (ACA) Reporting: What Employers Need to Know

Oct 21

The ACA requires Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) to report to the IRS whether they offered their full-time employees and their full-time employees' dependent children the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage (MEC) under an eligible employer-sponsored plan.

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