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New Jersey Newborn Mandate Changes in 2018

Tuesday, April  17,  2018

In January 2018, the State of New Jersey updated the existing NJ Newborn Mandate that provides health coverage for all newborns from the moment of birth for the first 31 days to provide coverage from the moment of birth for the first 60 days. The newborn child of a subscriber or his/her spouse will be … Continue reading

March Compliance Recap

Thursday, April  5,  2018

March was a quiet month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a bulletin that lowered the family contribution limit for health savings account (HSA) contributions. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its model Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program notice (CHIP notice). The IRS issued … Continue reading

PrimeMail by Walgreens Gets a New Name

Wednesday, April  4,  2018

Effective 3/31/2018 PrimeMail by Walgreens Mail Service will operate under the name “Alliance RX Walgreens Prime“.  Prime + Walgreens assures customers that only their name is changing. AllianceRX Walgreens Prime promises to stay consistent with their standards for communications, prescriptions, refills and service. Employers who have health plans with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of … Continue reading

The Importance of Wellness in the Workplace

Wednesday, March  28,  2018

Workplace Wellness is an investment which works much like any other investment- You put in time and money in hopes of a more valuable outcome, which in this case is the health of your employees, their families and your bottom line. Engagement, motivation, strategy, and support are the keys to a successful workplace wellness program. … Continue reading

IRS RECALCULATES 2018 HSA & EMPLOYER ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Tuesday, March  6,  2018

Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a bulletin that includes a change impacting contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Employer Adoption Assistance Programs. The family HSA contribution for 2018 has been reduced from $6,900 to 6,850. This change is effective January 1, 2018. We advise plan participants to adjust their HSA contributions, if utilizing the … Continue reading

Focusing on FMLA

Monday, February  26,  2018

Human Resource professionals are often asked by their employees about taking a leave of absence. Sometimes, these leaves of absences are protected by the federal government. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for certain medical and family reasons. It is important to understand … Continue reading

January Compliance Recap

Thursday, February  8,  2018

January was a busy month in the employee benefits world. On January 24, 2018, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed regulations regarding association health plans. HHS released the 2018 federal poverty guidelines. The DOL … Continue reading

Trump Signs Bill to Delay Cadillac and Health Insurance Taxes

Tuesday, January  23,  2018

On January 22, 2018, the U.S. Congress voted to pass a bill that would continue to fund the government through February 8, 2018. President Trump signed the bill today, January 23, 2018. In addition to continuing government funding, the bill also includes two legislative victories for employers: delaying the Cadillac Tax until 2022 and instituting … Continue reading

December Compliance Recap

Tuesday, January  9,  2018

December was a relatively busy month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) delayed the reporting deadlines in 2018 for the 1095-B and 1095-C forms to individuals. President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on accommodation revocation notices. A U.S. … Continue reading

IRS Announces Extension for Furnishing 1095-B & 1095-C Forms to Employees

Wednesday, December  27,  2017

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced an extension for employers to provide 1095-B or 1095-C Forms to their employees. The IRS announced a 30-day extension, extending the due date from January 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018. The IRS has not announced an extension for filings to the IRS. Therefore, employers should prepare their 1094-B, … Continue reading

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