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IRS Releases 2017 Version of Publication 5223 Regarding Substitute ACA Information Reporting Forms
Publication Outlines Requirements for Substitute Forms 1094 B, 1095 B, 1094 C and 1095 C The tax year 2017 version of IRS Publication 5223 is now available, which sets forth the general rules and specifications for preparing substitute Forms 1094

POSTED NOVEMBER 21, 2017 4:04 AM
Reminder: Second Transitional Reinsurance Program Payment Due Nov. 15
The second transitional reinsurance contribution payment for the 2016 benefit year is due November 15, 2017 for issuers and certain self-insured group health plans (referred to as "contributing entities") that did not previously pay the entire 2016 benefit year contribution in one payment.

POSTED NOVEMBER 13, 2017 2:02 AM
HHS Proposes Allowing Brokers to Further Aid 2018 SHOP Enrollment
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule to provide states with greater flexibility in the operation and establishment of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchange.

POSTED NOVEMBER 09, 2017 2:02 AM
IRS to Begin Mailing 'Pay or Play' Penalty Letters
The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will begin mailing employers letters informing them of their potential liability for a "pay or play" penalty for the 2015 calendar year in late 2017. However, before any penalty is assessed and notice and demand for payment is made, employers will have an opportunity to respond to the agency.

POSTED NOVEMBER 07, 2017 2:02 AM
Eight States Extend 2018 Open Enrollment Deadlines
Open enrollment for 2018 coverage in both the federal and state Health Insurance Marketplaces began on November 1 for individuals and families. However, some state-based Marketplaces have open enrollment periods that extend past the federal Marketplace's December 15 deadline for enrollment.

POSTED NOVEMBER 03, 2017 2:02 AM
IRS Releases New Guidance on QSEHRAs
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released guidance further clarifying the rules regulating qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs). Highlights of the guidance are described in this update.

POSTED NOVEMBER 02, 2017 6:06 AM
Oregon Granted Waiver From Individual Market Single Risk Pool
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury have approved the State of Oregon's application for a waiver from the Affordable Care Act requirement that it consider all enrollees in the individual market to be part of a single risk pool.

POSTED OCTOBER 24, 2017 2:02 AM
IRS Will Not Accept Forms 1040 That Omit Health Coverage Information
The IRS has announced that the upcoming 2018 filing season will be the first time that it will not accept electronically filed tax returns until taxpayers report their health care coverage pursuant to the individual shared responsibility provision ("individual mandate") of the Affordable Care Act.

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 7:07 AM
Important Enrollment Dates for Individual and SHOP Marketplaces Begin in November
Individuals and eligible small employers should be aware of two important enrollment dates for the federal Individual Health Insurance Marketplace and Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace.

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 3:03 AM
Administration Eliminates Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments
The Trump Administration announced yesterday that it will no longer make cost sharing reduction payments (CSRs) to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

POSTED OCTOBER 13, 2017 4:04 AM

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