June Lifestyle & Wellness Newsletter

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Compliance Corner 5/20/15 Edition

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In this Issue:

CMS Provides Guidance Related to HDHPs and Out-of-Pocket Maximum Limits

CMS Explains Emails Regarding Reinsurance Contribution Submissions

Agencies Publish FAQs on Preventive Services Implementation

IRS Publishes 2016 HSA Contribution Limits and Qualifying HDHP Deductible and Maximum Out-of-pocket Limits

IRS Publishes Employee Plan News Issue 2015-5




Compliance Corner 5/5/15 Edition

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In this Issue:

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Ruling on PPACA Contraceptive Mandate

IRS Releases Draft Publication 5165 for Electronically Filing PPACA Returns

Ninth Circuit Holds that Insurance Contract Overrules More Specific SPD

Classifying Vanpools: New IRS Information Letter



May Lifestyle & Wellness Newsletter

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Compliance Corner 4/23/15 Edition

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In this Issue:

Essential Health Benefits: List of the Largest Three Small-group Products by State

IRS Releases Publication 5215: Responsibilities for Health Coverage Providers

EEOC Publishes Proposed Rule on Employer Wellness Programs

DOL Proposes Regulations Regarding Definition of Fiduciary; Conflict of Interest Rule

CMS Issues Medicare Part D Benefit Parameters for 2016

EEOC Releases Informal Discussion Letter Addressing ADEA Implications of Paying Employees’ Medicare Premiums

April Lifestyle & Wellness Newsletter

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Compliance Corner 3/26/15 Edition


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In this Issue:

CMS Clarifies Interaction of Cost-sharing Limits and HDHPs

Final Regulations Outline Details for Limited Wraparound Coverage

DOL Publishes Final Rules on Defined Contribution Plan Annual Disclosure Requirements

DOL Staff Members Provide Informal Views on Retirement-related Issues

DOL Provides Informal Views on Certain Health and Welfare Plan Issues

IRS Issues Publication 969 Addressing HSAs, HRAs and Health FSAs


Industry Update: Premera Blue Cross Data Breach






Please be aware that there was a data breach at Premera Blue Cross.  This incident may have also affected members of other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, specifically those who sought treatment in Washington or Alaska.


Premera won't email you or make unsolicited phone calls to you regarding this incident. Please be on the alert if you are contacted and asked to provide personal information.

We want you to have as much information as is available at this time. We do not have any information beyond what is currently being provided by Premera.

Please follow this link for the current update on Premera.

Individuals who believe they are affected by this incident but who have not received a letter by April 20, 2015, are encouraged to call 1-800-768-5817, Monday through Friday, between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on U.S. observed holidays).

Compliance Alert 3/16/15




HHS Explains Application of Annual Cost-Sharing Limit to Family HDHP Coverage

HHS posted FAQ about the annual cost-sharing limit under health care reform and how it affects high-deductible health plan (HDHP) coverage. 


In the regulations issued last month, HHS established that the cost-sharing limit for self-only coverage should apply to all covered individuals, whether or not they are covered by a self-only plan. The new FAQ explains the agency's position by applying it to a hypothetical HDHP with a $10,000 family deductible.


Compliance Corner 3/12/15 Edition

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In this Issue:

IRS Requests Comments on Cadillac Tax in IRS Notice 2015-16

Emergency Services Volunteers are Not Employees for Purposes of the Employer Mandate

IRS Issues IRS Publication 974 Related to Premium Tax Credits

OPM Finalizes Changes to Multi-state Plan Program

DOL Publishes Final Rules Regarding Same-sex Spouses and FMLA

DOL Extends Expiration Date on FMLA Forms

IRS Releases Three Publications for Small Business Retirement Options

IRS Employee Plans News 2015-2