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President Trump Ends ACA Cost Sharing Reductions

Thursday, October  12,  2017

On the evening of October 12, 2017, President Trump announced that cost sharing reductions for low income Americans in relation to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be stopped. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed that payments will be stopped immediately. It is anticipated at least some state … Continue reading

Compliance Alert!

Monday, October  9,  2017

Two tri-agency (Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Interim Final Rules were released and became effective on October 6, 2017, and will be published on October 31, 2017, allowing a greater number of employers to opt out of providing contraception to employees at no cost through their … Continue reading

Ryan Kastner Speaks at Pennsylvania State SHRM Conference

Friday, September  22,  2017

Earlier this morning, Innovative’s Employee Benefits Consultant, Ryan Kastner, had the pleasure of presenting at the Pennsylvania State SHRM conference in State College, PA. Ryan’s presentation, “Healthcare Trends in the Trumpcare Era” detailed the most recent national and regional employer health plan trends from the United Benefit Advisor’s  Annual Health Plan Survey and detailed strategic … Continue reading

Innovative Employer Identity Monitoring and Restoration Services

Thursday, September  21,  2017

Recently, Innovative had the pleasure of seeing Frank Abagnale speak at the UBA Conference in Chicago. You may recognize Frank’s name from the movie “Catch Me If You Can” where he was played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Frank became (in)famous for writing fake checks (among other things) as a teenager. Later in life, he was offered … Continue reading

Post-Equifax Cyber Breach: Retirement Plan Sponsor Considerations

Wednesday, September  20,  2017

Plan sponsors have a fiduciary obligation to safeguard and preserve the assets of their employee benefit plans. As the number of cyber hacks continues to increase, plan fiduciaries must take certain steps to protect plan assets. Measures include evaluating security measures currently implemented by your organization, understanding the plan’s service providers’ security procedures, reviewing plan … Continue reading

Post-Equifax Cyber Breach: Employer and Human Resource Considerations

Wednesday, September  20,  2017

Under EEOC regulations, employers can utilize credit checks when hiring employees, provided that the information is relevant to the position. For example, an individual who will be responsible for providing sound investment advice to clients, must prove to the company that their own credit is satisfactory. However, many vendors sell packages to employers that include … Continue reading

August Compliance Recap

Friday, September  8,  2017

August was quiet month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its 2018 affordability rate, four information letters regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and its draft Forms 1094 and 1095. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) increased the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) health and welfare fringe … Continue reading

Regarding the New York Paid Family Leave Law

Friday, August  4,  2017

NEW YORK PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW Eligible employees will be able to take NYPFL to take care of a seriously ill family member, to bond with a newborn, adopted or foster child, or for military exigency, as defined by the federal FMLA rules. The New York Disability Benefits Law (NYDBL) was amended to include paid … Continue reading

July Compliance Recap

Friday, August  4,  2017

July was a relatively quiet month in the employee benefits world, despite the U.S. Senate’s release of two bills in its attempt to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). First, the U.S. Senate revised its Better Care Reconciliation Act and declined to vote on its revision. Then the U.S. Senate released its … Continue reading

ACA/BCRA Update

Wednesday, July  19,  2017

As you know, a few weeks ago Senate Republicans drafted a bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”), in an effort to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). If you remember, Republicans currently hold a 52-member majority in the Senate, therefore Senate Republicans are left with a two member margin … Continue reading

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