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What do employers need to consider regarding healthcare benefits? Healthcare benefits are an ever-increasing portion of employee compensation costs, but offering healthcare benefits to employees is often vital to recruiting and retaining the best employees. There are several different types of healthcare benefits plans that employers use to fulfill their organizations’ healthcare benefits goals.
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) left much of the current employer-based system intact, the reforms have affected nearly every employer in the country. While there is still no federal law that requires employers to provide employees with healthcare insurance, employers with more than 50 employees that do not offer coverage, or do not offer sufficient coverage, are subject to financial penalties. In addition, U.S. citizens and legal residents, with few exceptions, are required to have qualifying health coverage.
The drive to control the cost of healthcare benefits continues to cause employers to implement a variety of cost-cutting and cost-shifting strategies ranging from self-insurance and managed care to defined-contribution, or consumer-directed, health plans. For information on other requirements relating to healthcare benefits, Please see the national Health Care Insurance, national Health Information Privacy, national Health Insurance: Play or Pay?, and national Health Insurance Continuation/COBRA. sections.
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169419news.aspxNews CBO Releases Much-Anticipated Cost Estimate of ACA Repeal/Replace Plan 03/14/2017National
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160956index.aspxQuestions & Answers An employee got married and wants to add her spouse to our healthcare plan. He has healthcare through his employer. Do we have to accept him onto our plan?  National
155768index.aspxQuestions & Answers Are there any states that prohibit pre-tax dollars from going into health savings accounts (HSAs)?  National
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155888index.aspxQuestions & Answers Can employees change their contributions to a Health Savings Account at any time?  National
160722index.aspxQuestions & Answers Can employees pay for cafeteria plan benefits while on FMLA leave? Do we have to maintain all their benefits?  National
160172index.aspxQuestions & Answers Can you explain the Waiver of Annual Limits Requirements of the PHS Act Section 711? Who can apply? What are the criteria for granting waivers?  National
169393news.aspxNews CMS Releases 2016-2025 Projections of National Health Expenditures Data  National
169332news.aspxNews DOL Highlights Growth in MHPAEA Enforcement  National
166763index.aspxQuestions & Answers Due to renewal increases, we have to change deductibles, co-insurance, etc. Does this mean the plan will lose grandfathered status?  National
169426news.aspxNews Employee Benefits Q&A: Can Employers Just Give Employees Money to Purchase Their Own Health Insurance?  National
168078index.aspxGuidance Employer must comply with birth-control mandate for now  National
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156413index.aspxQuestions & Answers If an employee leaves employment and has a health savings account (HSA) is the employer legally obligated to fund it?  National
168085index.aspxGuidance IRS releases regs detailing employers’ ACA reporting requirements  National
168610index.aspxGuidance New ACA Compliance Updates: How to Satisfy Employer Shared Responsibility Information Reporting Requirements  National
168608index.aspxGuidance New ACA Compliance Updates: How to Satisfy Employer Shared Responsibility Information Reporting Requirements - Conference Materials  National
168086index.aspxGuidance New rule to delay enforcement of the Obamacare employer mandate to 2016  National
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168772index.aspxGuidance Staying on the compliance track: The 2015 health benefits year in review  National
168768index.aspxGuidance U.S. Supreme Court agrees to review religious challenges to ACA contraceptive mandate  National
159535index.aspxQuestions & Answers Under the new healthcare reform, what are the implications of losing "grandfathered status" for a group health plan?  National
160098index.aspxQuestions & Answers We have a self funded plan and a fully insured plan. Can the group maintain grandfathered status on one plan and lose it on the other?  National
160164index.aspxQuestions & Answers We offer health benefits to part-time employees. Can we offer the same benifits if these employees are temporarily on furlough or reduced hours?  National
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