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ACA Compliance Bulletin: Exchange Model Notice Expiration Date Extended

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently extended the expiration date on its model Exchange notices through May 31, 2020. These model notices (or a modified version), called “Model Notices to Employees of Coverage Options,” may be used to comply with the Exchange notice requirement under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The content of the model

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ACA Compliance Bulletin: Final Rule Expands Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance

On August 3, 2018, the Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Treasury published final regulations amending the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance for purposes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These regulations provide a maximum coverage period of up to 12 months and amend the notice to provide

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ACA Compliance Bulletin: Draft Forms for 2018 ACA Reporting Released

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released 2018 Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA) draft Forms 1094-C and 1095-C on July 11, 2018. The updated forms will be used by applicable large employers (ALEs) to report under Section 6056, as well as by ALEs who sponsor self-insured plans for combined Section 6055 and 6056 reporting.

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Compliance Bulletin: New Resources for Mental Health Parity Compliance

The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided new resources to promote compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Employers should use the DOL’s resources to review their health plan’s compliance with the MHPAEA.Contact your Cowden representative for more information on this or other compliance issues.Read Compliance Bulletin PDF

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Compliance Bulletin: HHS Extends Transition Policy for Non-ACA Compliant Health Plans

On April 9, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended an existing transition policy for certain health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for an additional year, to policy years beginning on or before October 1, 2019. Any plans that are renewed under this transition policy must

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