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As part of our continued due diligence to assuring your benefit plans and processes are compliant, the 2020 ACA To-Do List for Small Fully Insured Plans and the 2020 ACA To-Do List for Large Fully Insured Plans summarize the key requirements that apply to small or large fully insured health plans.
Upcoming Group Health Plan Compliance Dates
Employers must comply with numerous reporting and disclosure requirements throughout the year in connection with their group health plans.
Executive Order on Health Costs to Affect Employer Health Plans
President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order aimed at improving price and quality transparency in health care.
The 29th annual Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS), conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) in 2019, found that two-thirds of U.S. workers (67%) are confident in their ability to live comfortably throughout their retirement years (up from 64% in 2018). Worker confidence now matches levels reported in 2007 — before the 2008 financial crisis.
Most Americans will eventually receive Social Security and Medicare benefits. Each year, the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds release lengthy reports to Congress that assess the health of these important programs. The newest reports, released on April 22, 2019, discuss the current financial condition and ongoing financial challenges that both programs face, and project a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2020.
One of the most important documents participants must receive automatically when becoming covered under a health benefit plan that is subject to ERISA (the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act) is a summary of the plan, called the Summary Plan Description or SPD. The fact is, many employers are confused about this very important ERISA-required disclosure, which can put them at risk.
Health FSA Limit to Increase in 2019
The ACA imposes a dollar limit on employees' salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) offered under cafeteria plans.
At Brooks Financial Group, we strive to provide our business relationships with insightful, timely information to help their businesses thrive. Wellness programs have faced unique challenges and scrutiny in 2018. As the year winds down, it’s important to review a few important areas as we launch into 2019. The article below offers some updates on: