Pension & Benefits NetNews – April 2, 2013

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • House Workforce Committee calls for DOL to investigate effect of Affordable Care Act on wages
  • IRS posts Retiree Drug Subsidy taxation FAQs
  • Survey highlights important role of incentives in U.S. employers’ efforts to improve workforce health and performance
  • Table for state health insurance market rating areas is updated by CCIIO

Pension Plan Guide News

  • PBGC says its new risk-based policy benefited healthy companies by nearly $1 billion
  • IRS provides tax tips on early withdrawals from retirement plans
  • IRS seeks public comments on 2013-2014 Guidance Priority List

Employee Benefits Management News

House Workforce Committee calls for DOL to investigate effect of Affordable Care Act on wages

The Republican leadership of the House Workforce Committee has asked the DOL to analyze the probable effect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on U.S. workers’ wages. For details, see ¶2065X.

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IRS posts Retiree Drug Subsidy taxation FAQs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has posted on its website Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) taxation. These FAQs include scenarios on RDS-related tax provisions for plan sponsors. For details, see ¶2065Y.

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Survey highlights important role of incentives in U.S. employers’ efforts to improve workforce health and performance

Incentives—in the form of both rewards and consequences—are playing an increasingly important role in helping employers drive participation in health programs and encouraging employees to take actions to improve their health, according to new survey findings from Aon Hewitt. For more information, see ¶2065Z.

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Table for state health insurance market rating areas is updated by CCIIO

On March 28, The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) updated its tables that provide information about each state’s health insurance market rating areas and method for dividing the state into rating areas, in the individual market and the small group market. For more information, see ¶2066B.

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Pension Plan Guide News

PBGC says its new risk-based policy benefited healthy companies by nearly $1 billion

The PBGC said that shifting its enforcement policy away from companies unlikely to default on their pensions benefited about 50 businesses by almost $1 billion since the start of a pilot program announced in November. For more information, see ¶119W.

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IRS provides tax tips on early withdrawals from retirement plans

The IRS has provided tax tips on taking early withdrawals from retirement plans. For more information, see ¶119V.

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IRS seeks public comments on 2013-2014 Guidance Priority List

The IRS is inviting the public to make recommendations for items that should be considered for inclusion on the 2013-2014 Guidance Priority List. For more information, see ¶119X.

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