The 2017 Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee

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It’s that time of year again. The Affordable Care Act imposes an annual fee called the Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee (CERF) on insurers and plan sponsors of self-insured coverage to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The fee is based on the average covered lives for the applicable plan year. IRS Notice 2016 ... Read More

Affordable Care Act Repeal and Replacement Bills: What Could it Mean for ‎Employers and Employees?‎

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On March 6, 2017, House Republicans introduced two coordinated bills to the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The bills are collectively referred to as the “American Health Care Act” (which will be referred to hereafter as the “Proposed Legislatio ... Read More

Employers Urged To Continue ACA Compliance Efforts

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January came and went, as did the January 27 budget resolution deadline for a report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reconciliation. Highlighted by the missed target date is the need for employers to continue compliance efforts until Congressional leadership can materialize legislation. Congressional Republicans emerged late last month from a ... Read More

Federal Contractors Must Provide Privacy Training

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Effective immediately, federal contractors will need to comply with privacy training rules intended to ensure that their workforces protect personally identifiable information (PII). The rules also define PII as any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity, either alone or when combined with other information th ... Read More

Tax Treatment of Voluntary Fixed Indemnity Health Benefits

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Last week, the IRS's Office of Chief Counsel released a Memorandum announcing that benefits paid under a fixed indemnity health benefit program that is either funded by the employer, or funded by employees through contributions made on a pre-tax basis, are included in the employee’s gross income as taxable wages. This would require the employer ... Read More