April 16, 2014
Benefits Compliance Advisor - April 2014
The ACA and account-based plans: The law’s impact on HRAs, FSAs, and HSAs
In the ever-increasing pages of guidance from the federal regulatory agencies responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is easy to lose track of how the new rules apply to various types of individual account-based health plans. This article cuts through the regulatory maze and provides an overview of how the ACA has changed key rules for health reimbursement accounts (HRAs), health flexible spending accounts (FSAs), and health savings accounts (HSAs).

New IRS regulations delay, modify ACA employer mandate
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) generally provides that all employers having 50 or more employees who work 30 or more hours per week must offer their employees health insurance coverage. This “employer mandate” was originally slated to take effect January 1, 2014. Last year, however, the Obama administration delayed the effective date of the mandate to 2015 for all covered employers. Recently, the IRS issued final regulations further delaying the employer mandate to 2016 for employers with more than 50 but fewer than 100 employees and easing compliance for larger employers that remain subject to the mandate beginning in 2015.

Employees absent for USERRA leave retain certain benefits
On February 27, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on an employer’s duty under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) to provide servicemembers who are on furlough or a leave of absence while performing military service with benefits that generally are provided to employees having similar seniority, status, and pay.

What is ‘clinical integration,’ and why should you care?
On its website, the American Hospital Association (AHA) defines “clinical integration” as “the coordination of patient care across conditions, providers, settings, and time in order to achieve care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-focused.” Expressed that way, it has to rank right up there with loving Mom and apple pie—no one could fault it.

On Turkish mustache transplants and FSAs
I’ve worn a beard for most of my adult life, and I appreciate a solid growth of men’s facial hair. So I couldn’t help noticing an article touting a growing industry in Turkey: mustache transplants.
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