Compliance Webinar | 2019 Employer Reporting: a 1094-C and 1095-C Refresher

2019 Forms and Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C have been released by the IRS, and we anticipate seeing final forms shortly.  Although 2019 marked the end of the individual health coverage mandate penalties, very few changes have been proposed to the employer ACA reporting requirements.

Health FSAs: When do HIPAA’s Requirements Apply?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law designed to improve the health care delivery system. Because a Health FSA (HFSA) is technically a health plan, HIPAA’s requirements related to privacy and security (which are referred to as HIPAA’s Administrative Simplification provisions) apply to most HFSA’s.

IRS, EBSA and HHS Release Proposed Rules on Transparency in (Health Care) Coverage

In response to an Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First issued June 24, 2019, proposed regulations were released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) on November 12, 2019.

Compliance Webinar: The Look Back Measurement Method

Here at Hays Companies Research and Compliance, we have noticed an increased number of questions about the look back measurement method for non-full-time employees.  This likely has to do with the fact that the ACA’s Employer Mandate has been the law of the land for about five years now, most employers have tracking systems embedded within their payroll and HRIS systems that automatically calculate who has qualified for coverage, and as a result, the hard won knowledge of the Employer Mandate’s commencement has gone a little rusty (for some).

IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2020

Highlights The IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments to the annual dollar limits for employee benefit plans. Many of these limits will increase for 2020. In 2020, employees may contribute more money to their HSAs, health FSAs and 401(k) accounts. Overview Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits that are periodically increased for inflation. The […]

HSAs & FSAs: Eligibility and Contribution Limits

HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) and FSAs (Flexible Spending Accounts): Are both accounts designed to help employees put aside money to pay for extra medical expenses on a pre-tax basis, both have rules around maximum contributions and permissible distributions, and both have remarkably similar sounding acronyms. However, the similarities for the most part, stop here.

2019 W-2s and Your Employee Benefits

The January 31st W-2 deadline will be here before you know it, and there’s a lot your team needs to prepare between now and then. As we approach 2019 year-end, employers should keep in mind certain health and welfare benefits-related information that must be reported on the W-2 Earnings Statements they provide to employees. The IRS has issued 2019 General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3.

Compliance Webinar | Making Sense of HSA’s

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) inhabit a strange place in the employee benefit world: they often exist because of health coverage offered by an employer, employers can contribute to them, but they are ultimately owned by the individual and are not group sponsored health plans. Some strange rules result. In this 35-minute presentation, the Hays Compliance […]