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CMS Preserves Creditable Coverage Simplified Determination Method in Final Part D Instructions for 2025

On April 1, 2024, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Final Part D Redesign Program Instructions for calendar year 2025. The Final Program Instructions contain a detailed description of, and guidance related to, changes to the Part (…)

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PUBLISHED April 16th, 2024

CMS Preserves Creditable Coverage Simplified Determination Method in Final Part D Instructions for 2025

Ann Poland

On April 1, 2024, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Final Part D Redesign Program Instructions for calendar year 2025. The …

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PUBLISHED February 23rd, 2024

IRS Releases ACA Pay-or-Play Penalties for 2025

Ann Poland

On Feb. 12, 2024, the IRS released updated penalty amounts for 2025 related to the employer shared responsibility (pay-or-play) rules under the Affordable Care …

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PUBLISHED February 20th, 2024

Health Plans Must Expand Price Comparison Transparency Tool for 2024

Ann Poland

Beginning in 2024, group health plans and health insurance issuers must expand the internet-based price comparison tool they make available to participants, beneficiaries and …

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PUBLISHED February 9th, 2024

State Laws Restricting COVID-19 Vaccine Passports and Mandates

Ann Poland

Since COVID-19 vaccines first became available, several states have enacted laws that restrict or ban certain entities from mandating them or requiring proof that …

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PUBLISHED January 12th, 2024

ACA Reporting Deadlines and Penalties Cheat Sheet

Ann Poland

Employers subject to Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 or 6056 should prepare to comply with reporting deadlines in …

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PUBLISHED January 11th, 2024

Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Disclosure to CMS

Ann Poland

Background Each year, plan sponsors must disclose to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the group health plan’s creditable coverage status for …

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PUBLISHED December 29th, 2023

UPCOMING ACA REPORTING DEADLINES

Ann Poland

Employers subject to Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 or 6056 should prepare to comply with reporting deadlines in …

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PUBLISHED December 5th, 2023

2024 HEALTH PLAN COMPLIANCE DEADLINES

Ann Poland

Employers must comply with numerous reporting and disclosure requirements throughout the year in connection with their group health plans. This Compliance Overview explains key …

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PUBLISHED December 1st, 2023

ACA REPORTING: MOST EMPLOYERS MUST FILE ELECTRONICALLY BEGINNING IN 2024

Ann Poland

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created reporting requirements under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. Under these rules, certain employers must provide …

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PUBLISHED November 9th, 2023

2024 HEALTH FSA & QUALIFIED TRANSPORTATION LIMITS

Ann Poland

NOVEMBER 2023 In Revenue Procedure 2023-24, the IRS sets forth a variety of 2024 adjusted tax limits. Among other things, the notice indicates that …

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PUBLISHED November 3rd, 2023

PCORI FEE AMOUNT ADJUSTED FOR 2024

Ann Poland

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2023-70 to increase the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee amount for plan years ending on …

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PUBLISHED October 20th, 2023

FINAL FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR 2023 ACA REPORTING RELEASED

Ann Poland

The IRS has released final 2023 forms and instructions for reporting under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and 6056: Draft versions of these forms …

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