DOL: “Audit Deficiencies Putting Plans and Participants at Risk”

The US Department of Labor recently released a report “Assessing the Quality of Employee Benefit Plan Audits.” In the report the EBSA (Employee Benefits Security Administration) revealed “serious issues with the current system.” According to Phyllis C. Borzi Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security “The existing patchwork of regulations...

Most Employers Unprepared for Health Care Law Reporting

The majority of employers have not yet implemented a strategy to comply with new reporting requirements under the Federal health care reform law that took effect earlier this year. According to a recent survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Equifax Inc. only 10% of 480 employers surveyed indicated that they already...

What the Anthem breach means to employers

  Insightful article by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, providing information  about the Anthem cyber-attack and what employers should do. On Feb. 4, Anthem announced a data breach involving the personal information of more than 80 million individuals resulting from what it characterized as a sophisticated, targeted cyber-attack. Group health plans may be affected because Anthem:...

ACA Update – IRS Releases Draft Forms

On July 24, 2014, the IRS posted preliminary, unofficial drafts of forms that the ACA compels employers, plan administrators and employees to file, among other items, to certify coverages offered and provided to employees in 2015.  They are Form 1094-B (“Transmittal of Health Coverage Information Returns”), Form 1094-C (“Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns”), Form...

$36,500 per employee, per year, nondeductible!

The IRS has threatened employers with ACA penalties of $100 per day, per employee, and non deductible or $36,500 per employee.  This makes those $2,000 and $3,000 penalties look diminutive. Employers who maintain a "non-integrated" employer payment plans would be subject to these penalties.   These would include HRAs, excluding retiree-only...

Why employees need to be educated about Obamacare?

Benefit education has long been considered a key component of a successful employee benefit program. However, engaging employees and helping them recognize the value of their program is not easy. It takes ongoing efforts of HR managers with support from senior management. The Affordable Care Act creates another new wrinkle for...

Healthcare Reform Update- May 2013

May 23, 2013 was a historic day for California. Covered CA, the state Individual Health Insurance Exchange, announced its final plans, rates, and the rating regions.  Finally shining a small light on what we can expect for next year, the press release made today gave us some answers, but not...