Pension & Benefits NetNews – May 15, 2018

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • IRS allows $6,900 to be used as HDHP family coverage deduction limit for 2018
  • Employers without SHOP marketplace plans receive health insurance credit relief
  • Departments clarify reasonableness of GOT regulation for out-of-network ER services
  • Financial incentives continue to play key role in success of well-being programs, survey finds

Pension Plan Guide News

  • IRS grants tax relief to victims of severe storms and tornadoes in Alabama
  • PBGC issues disaster relief for Alabama
  • DOL cautions fiduciaries on use of plan assets to promote ESG goals

Employee Benefits Management News

IRS allows $6,900 to be used as HDHP family coverage deduction limit for 2018

The IRS modified the annual limit on deductions for contributions to health savings accounts (HSAs) allowed for individuals with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) for calendar year 2018 announced in Rev. Proc. 2018-18, I.R.B. 2018-10. For more information, see ¶2115J.

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Employers without SHOP marketplace plans receive health insurance credit relief

The IRS has provided guidance which allows certain small employers to claim the small business health care tax credit under Code Sec. 45R in situations in which no Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace plans are offered in the county where the employer is located. For more information, see ¶2115K.

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Departments clarify reasonableness of GOT regulation for out-of-network ER services

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the Departments) have issued a court-requested clarification to provide a more thorough explanation of their decision not to adopt recommendations made by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and certain other commenters in a November 2015 final rule (80 FR 72192), which provided, in part, a methodology to determine appropriate payments by group health plans and health insurance issuers for out-of-network emergency services. For more information, see ¶2115M.

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Financial incentives continue to play key role in success of well-being programs, survey finds

Companies across the country will continue to leverage and expand well-being programs to create healthier and more productive workforces. That’s according to the ninth annual Health and Well-Being Survey from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health. For more information see ¶2115P.

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Pension Plan Guide News

IRS grants tax relief to victims of severe storms and tornadoes in Alabama

The IRS has announced tax relief for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the federal disaster areas of Calhoun, Cullman, and Etowah counties in Alabama, which were affected by severe storms and tornadoes beginning on March 19, 2018. For more information, see ¶157R.

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PBGC issues disaster relief for Alabama

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has announced relief from certain deadlines and penalties in connection with the Form 5500 series for “designated persons” adversely affected by severe storms and tornadoes that began on March 19, 2018 in Alabama. For more information, see ¶157t

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DOL cautions fiduciaries on use of plan assets to promote ESG goals

The Department of Labor has issued guidance that may effectively discourage fiduciaries from using plan assets to promote environmental, social, ethical, and governance (ESG) concerns or engage in shareholder activism. For more information, see ¶19981z72.

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