Pension and Benefits NetNews – January 28, 2013

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • IRS regulations allowing premium tax credit for federal Exchanges purchases did not violate ACA, district court rules
  • ERRP website adds guidance about record keeping and disposal
  • HHS doing “regulatory gymnastics” to create exemption for certain self-insured plans, group says
  • Increase in HSAs along with decrease in HRAs may portend bigger changes ahead, says EBRI

Pension Plan Guide News

  • District court’s decision on the merits is final decision and appealable whether unresolved claim for attorney’s fees and costs is based on statute or contract
  • Unclaimed pension benefits exceed $280 million
  • IRS issues revised procedures for relating to domestic areas for which it will not issue rulings

Employee Benefits Management News

IRS regulations allowing premium tax credit for federal Exchanges purchases did not violate ACA, district court rules

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) clearly supports an IRS regulation allowing the agency to issue premium tax credits to individuals enrolled through both federal and state Exchanges, the District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled. For details, see ¶2073Z.

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ERRP website adds guidance about record keeping and disposal

New common questions about record keeping and record disposal have been added to the miscellaneous common questions section of www.errp.gov. For details, see ¶2074A.

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HHS doing “regulatory gymnastics” to create exemption for certain self-insured plans, group says

The “regulatory gymnastics” that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is doing to exempt union multi-employer plans from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) reinsurance fee raises serious questions and increases the cost for other employers, according to HR Policy Association comments submitted to HHS. For more information, see ¶2074B.

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Increase in HSAs along with decrease in HRAs may portend bigger changes ahead, says EBRI

The use of account-based health plans continue to expand, but new research (the 2013 EBRI/Greenwald & Associates Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey (CEHCS)) from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) implies that a shift in account types may portend a change in how the accounts are funded. For more information, see ¶2074C.

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Pension Plan Guide News

District court’s decision on the merits is final decision and appealable whether unresolved claim for attorney’s fees and costs is based on statute or contract

The U.S. Supreme Court held that, for purposes of 28 U.S.C. 1291 and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, whether an unresolved claim for attorneys fees and costs is based on a statute or a contract, a decision on the merits is a final decision and, thus, appealable. Therefore, an appeal filed by pension and welfare benefit funds more than 30 days after a district courts decision on the merits of the funds unpaid contributions claim, but less than 30 days after the district courts ruling on fees and costs, was untimely. For more information, see ¶125O.

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Unclaimed pension benefits exceed $280 million

Unclaimed pension benefits are worth more than $280 million, according to the PBGC. For more information, see ¶125N.

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IRS issues revised procedures for relating to domestic areas for which it will not issue rulings

The IRS has issued its annual revenue procedure, containing revised procedures relating to matters on which the Service will not issue letter rulings or determinations letters. For more information, see ¶17299u33.

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