Information Center - Health Care Reform

ACA Compliance Bulletin: Senate Releases Draft ACA Replacement Bill

  On June 22, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The Senate bill closely mirrors the proposal passed in the House of Representatives—the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—with some differences. For example, unlike the AHCA, the

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ACA Overview: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fees (PCORI Fees)

  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to help patients, clinicians, payers and the public make informed health decisions by advancing comparative effectiveness research. The Institute’s research is funded, in part, by fees paid by health insurance issuers and sponsors of self-insured health plans. PCORI fees are reported and paid

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Compliance Bulletin: House Passes Changes to Overtime Rules

  On May 2, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (also known as H.R. 1180). If approved, H.R. 1180 would authorize private employers to offer compensatory time instead of overtime pay for nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours per week. H.R. 1180 still needs approval from the Senate

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Compliance Overview: Taxability of Wellness Program Rewards

  Employer-sponsored wellness programs often incorporate rewards or incentives to encourage employees to participate. Because there are numerous legal requirements for wellness program design, employers sometimes overlook the federal tax implications of a program’s rewards. As a general rule, wellness incentives are subject to the same federal tax rules as any other employee rewards or

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Compliance Bulletin: IRS Announces HSA/HDHP Limits for 2018

  On May 5, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-37 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2018. These limits include: The maximum HSA contribution limit; The minimum deductible amount for HDHPs; and The maximum out-of-pocket expense limit for HDHPs. These

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