December Compliance Recap

December usually brings a number of releases from the regulatory agencies and 2013 has carried on that tradition.

Frequently Asked Questions about the W-2 Reporting Requirement

Employers that issued 250 or more W-2s in the prior calendar year must include the value of "employer-sponsored group health coverage" on their employees’ W-2s. This means that an employer that issued 250 or more W-2s during 2012 must include the value of employer-sponsored coverage on the employee’s 2013 W-2 (to be issued in January 2014).

HRAs, HSAs, and FSAs under PPACA

The January Edition of UBA’s Employer Webinar Series will Take Place on Tuesday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT

HHS Announces Extensions to Enrollment and Premium Deadlines for Marketplace Coverage and Eligibility for Catastrophic Coverag

On December 12, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an Interim Final Rule that formally extends some of the marketplace (also known as the exchange) deadlines and encourages insurers to provide additional extensions if possible.

Highlights of the Wellness Program Requirements

The wellness program rules provide an exception to the general rule that employers may not take a person’s health status into account with respect to eligibility, benefits, or premiums under a group health plan. Wellness programs, therefore, are allowed if they are designed to help employees improve their health; if they are primarily punitive they will not be allowed.

Thanksgiving Smorgasbord Of Regulations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have recently issued several final and proposed rules of interest to employers.

PPACA Advisor – Additional Medicare Withholding

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Final Regulations on the Additional Medicare Tax (AMT) on Nov. 29, 2013, and an updated and comprehensive FAQ on Dec. 2, 2013. There are few changes from the proposed requirements.

HR Elements – Retirement Woes

While a company’s workers may differ in age, gender and in a range of other categories, new research suggests they share at least one common attribute – a lack of confidence about retirement savings.

January Employer Webinar and Updates

January’s Employer Webinar will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET and will focus on HRAs, HSAs and FSAs under PPACA. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for other details, including webinar presenter information.

November Compliance Recap

November brought several developments of interest to group health plans.

Ancillary Products Survey Deliverables

UBA released the first installment of its deliverables from the 2013 Ancillary Products Survey on Nov. 25. Thank you for all your efforts to make our first biannual national Ancillary Products Survey such a remarkable success!