Pension and Benefits NetNews – October 15, 2013

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • FAQs from CMS address federally-facilitated SHOP premiums, contributions
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  • CMS reminds plan sponsors about ERRP phase out
  • Aon Hewitt research finds consumer-driven health plans continue to grow in popularity

Pension Plan Guide News

  • IRS provides overview of operations during government shutdown
  • IRS schedules Oct. 29 phone forum on upcoming employee plans guidance
  • IRS seeks comments on designated Roth contribution regs

Employee Benefits Management News

FAQs from CMS address federally-facilitated SHOP premiums, contributions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (FF-SHOP). The FAQs address premium calculations and employer and employee contributions. For details, see ¶2071E.

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IFEBP issues guide for educating employees about ACA

The International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans (IFEBP) has released a new guide to help employers speak to their employees about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For details, see ¶2071F.

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CMS reminds plan sponsors about ERRP phase out

In preparation for the January 1, 2014 Early Retiree Reimbursement Program (ERRP) sunset date, CMS is phasing down the ERRP Secure Website (SWS) so that it can be taken offline during the first week of January 2014. For more information, see ¶2071G.

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Aon Hewitt research finds consumer-driven health plans continue to grow in popularity

In an effort to rein in health care costs and encourage employees to take greater responsibility for their health, new research from Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, reveals that a growing number of employers offer or plan to offer consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) to employees. For more information, see ¶2071H.

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Pension Plan Guide News

IRS provides overview of operations during government shutdown

The IRS has provided an overview of its operation during the lapse in appropriations due to the government shutdown. For more information, see ¶123Q.

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IRS schedules Oct. 29 phone forum on upcoming employee plans guidance

The IRS has scheduled a free phone forum on retirement benefit items contained in the 2013-2014 Priority Guidance Plan on October 29, 2013 at 2:00 ET. For more information, see ¶123O.

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IRS seeks comments on designated Roth contribution regs

The IRS is seeking comments on an extension of a currently approved collection of information concerning regulations providing guidance on designated Roth contributions under Code Sec. 401(k). For more information, see ¶123U.

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