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NOAA Predicts a near-normal year for hurricane season

Preparing for the 2019 Hurricane Season NOAA predicts a near-normal year The 2019 hurricane season has officially begun and will last until November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a near-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic this … Continue reading

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2020 HSA Contributions

IRS Releases 2020 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits In Rev. Proc. 2019-25, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2020 relevant to HSAs and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). The table below summarizes those adjustments … Continue reading

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PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2019

REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2019 Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2019 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute … Continue reading

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Hurricane season is coming

August will mark 2 years since Harvey.   Some repairs are finished.  Some people have sold their homes in different stages of repair.  I know a couple people that had to demolish their home and build another house with a higher … Continue reading

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Client alert post

CMS Extends Transition Relief for Non-Compliant Plans through 2020 On March 25, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a one-year extension to the transition policy (originally announced November 14, 2013 and extended five times since) for individual … Continue reading

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DOJ SUPPORTS FEDERAL COURT RULING INVALIDATING THE ACA OVERVIEW

DOJ SUPPORTS FEDERAL COURT RULING INVALIDATING THE ACA OVERVIEW   HIGHLIGHTS A federal judge ruled that the entire ACA is invalid due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty. This ruling will likely be taken up by the Supreme … Continue reading

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HSA eligible expenses includible vs non-includible

You probably already know that can use your health savings account (HSA) to pay for specific expenses. However, there are rules as to what you can and cannot use your HSA to pay for. This distinction is referred to as … Continue reading

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Dogs at work

This is from an email I received last night from The HARTFORD Insurance Company.   I bring my dog to work every now and then.  I started when he was a puppy so everyone could see him and play with him.  … Continue reading

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Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2019 for Calendar Year Plans

  OVERVIEW Group health plan sponsors are required to complete an online disclosure form with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and at other select times, indicating whether the plan’s prescription drug coverage is … Continue reading

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Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020

    OVERVIEW On Jan. 24, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020. This proposed rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) … Continue reading

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