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Employee Benefits Management News
- CMS announces delay of HPID rules
- IRS issues 2015 adjusted limits for various benefits
- Employer plans that do not provide inpatient hospital coverage do not provide minimum value
- Marketplace enrollees are already using their benefits, says Express Scripts
Pension Plan Guide News
- PBGC updates premium rates for 2015
- PBGC maximum monthly benefit guarantee increases for 2015
- IRS allows 401(k) plans to offer target date funds that include deferred income annuities in investments
CMS announces delay of HPID rules
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a delay, until further notice, in enforcement of the regulations pertaining to health plan enumeration and use of the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) in HIPAA transactions adopted in the HPID final rule. For more information, see ¶2081S.
IRS issues 2015 adjusted limits for various benefits
In Rev. Proc. 2014-61, the Internal Revenue Service provides a variety of inflation-adjusted figures for 2015, including figures for cafeteria plans, long-term care, medical savings accounts (MSAs) and transportation fringe benefits. For details, see ¶2081T.
Employer plans that do not provide inpatient hospital coverage do not provide minimum value
Employer plans that do not provide coverage for inpatient hospitalization services or physician services (or for both) do not provide minimum value under the rules of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to the IRS. For more information, see ¶2081U.
Marketplace enrollees are already using their benefits, says Express Scripts
Pharmacy benefits have already been used by nearly half of Americans enrolled in the Marketplace, according to data recently published by Express Scripts and included in the second Express Scripts Exchange Pulse™ Report. For more information, see ¶2081W.
PBGC issues 2015 table showing present value of maximum benefit guarantee
The PBGC has issued a table showing the present value of the PBGCs maximum benefit guarantee for 2015. For more information, see ¶19,981Z-44.
Target date funds serving as QDIAs may include unallocated deferred annuities, EBSA says
EBSA has confirmed that target date funds serving as qualified default investment alternatives (QDIAs) may include unallocated deferred annuities among their fixed income investments and remain in compliance with the QDIA requirements. For more information, see ¶19,981Z-42.
IRS provides tax relief to victims of California earthquake
The IRS is postponing certain tax deadlines, including the filing of Form 5500s, for taxpayers who reside or have a business in those areas in California that were affected by an earthquake on August 24, 2014. For more information, see ¶131N.
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