Pension and Benefits NetNews – October 21, 2014

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • Artist asks full D.C. Court to review Origination Clause challenge
  • Health reform will impact this year’s benefits communication strategy
  • Supreme Court declines to review benefits-calculation challenge
  • “Reasonable method” for reference-based pricing is clarified by IRS, HHS, DOL

Pension Plan Guide News

  • IRS issues final regs that require filing certain retirement plan returns on magnetic media
  • PBGC modifying collection of information under its regs on payment of premiums
  • PBGC issues disaster relief for victims of severe storms and flooding in Michigan

Employee Benefits Management News

Artist asks full D.C. Court to review Origination Clause challenge

The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), on behalf of Matt Sissel, has asked the full United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to hear PLF’s Origination Clause challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). For more information, see ¶2081D.

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Health reform will impact this year’s benefits communication strategy

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is impacting how employers are creating this year’s benefits communication strategies, according to recent research from the nonprofit National Business Coalition on Health and Benz Communications. For details, see ¶2081E.

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Supreme Court declines to review benefits-calculation challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of a decision by the U.S Court of Appeals for the First Circuit holding that an insured under an employer-sponsored disability insurance plan did not file a benefits-calculation challenge within the statute of limitations. For more information, see ¶2081F.

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“Reasonable method” for reference-based pricing is clarified by IRS, HHS, DOL

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury have issued guidance setting forth factors that they will consider when determining if a non-grandfathered group health plan has met its obligations under PHS Act Sec. 2707(b). For more information, see ¶2081G.

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Pension Plan Guide News

PBGC posts guidelines on making premium payments

On its website, the PBGC has posted guidelines to ensure that premium payments are quickly and accurately processed. For more information, see ¶131C.

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IRS simplifies procedures for favorable tax treatment on Canadian retirement plans

The IRS has eliminated Form 8891 to simplify its Canadian retirement plan procedures for electing deferral of tax under the US-Canada treaty and the annual reporting requirements for US citizens who benefit from such plans. For more information, see ¶131B.

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EBSA seeks comments on information collection requests contained in various rulings and PT exemptions

EBSA is requesting public comment on the request for extension an extension of the OMBS approval of information collection requests contained in various rulings and prohibited transaction exemptions. For more information, see ¶131E.

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