Pension & Benefits NetNews – November 5, 2013

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • HHS finalizes exchange program integrity rule
  • Benz Communications offers five steps for improving communication of high-deductible health plans
  • Massachusetts issues guidance addressing ACA’s conflict with state cafeteria plan requirement
  • IRS will allow some unused health FSA funds to be carried over to entire subsequent years

Pension Plan Guide News

  • IRS issues 2014 retirement benefit COLAs
  • TE/GE Compliance Check Questionnaires comments sought
  • PBGC seeks comments on changes to its systems of records

Employee Benefits Management News

HHS finalizes exchange program integrity rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule that implements provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), with respect to the health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces. For details, see ¶20671T.

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Benz Communications offers five steps for improving communication of high-deductible health plans

As an increasing number of companies make high-deductible health plans their only option for company-sponsored health insurance, Jennifer Benz, founder and CEO of Benz Communications, reminds employers to provide clear communication to help employees determine whether a high-deductible plan is right for them. For details, see ¶2071U.

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Massachusetts issues guidance addressing ACA’s conflict with state cafeteria plan requirement

The Massachusetts Health Connector plans to pursue a path of “non-enforcement” with respect to the state’s Free Rider Surcharge, which can be assessed against employers with 11 or more full-time-equivalent employees that do not offer a Code Sec.125 plan to qualified employees. For more information, see ¶2071V.

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IRS will allow some unused health FSA funds to be carried over to entire subsequent years

The IRS has issued modifications to the Code Sec. 125 rules for cafeteria plans that include changes to the “use it or lose it” rule for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) currently set forth in proposed IRS regulations and clarification of the transition relief regarding changes in salary reduction elections for accident and health plans provided the preamble to proposed Code Sec. 4980H regulations. For more information, see ¶2071Y.

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Pension Plan Guide News

IRS issues 2014 retirement benefit COLAs

The IRS has released the retirement plan cost-of-living adjustments for 2014. For more information, see ¶17,037S.

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TE/GE Compliance Check Questionnaires comments sought

The IRS is soliciting comments concerning the TE/GE Compliance Check Questionnaires. For more information, see ¶124G.

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PBGC seeks comments on changes to its systems of records

The PBGC seeks comments on changes to its systems of records. For more information, see ¶124H.

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