Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – April 13, 2018


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CCIIO modifies employee counting method for MLR provision

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) has issued technical guidance regarding the employee counting method for determining market size for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA; P.L. 111-148) medical loss ratio (MLR) provision. In addition, the CCIIO has issued technical guidance on the process for a state to submit a request for adjustment to the individual market MLR standard.

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Many small businesses using QSEHRA to offer health benefits for first time, survey finds

More than 70 percent of small businesses that used the new qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA) in 2017 did so to offer employee health benefits for the first time, according to The QSEHRA: Annual Report 2018 from PeopleKeep.

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IRS FAQs address new employer credit for paid family and medical leave

The IRS has issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that address the new employer credit under Code Sec. 45S for paid family and medical leave. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) created the credit, which is generally effective for wages paid in taxable years of the employer beginning after December 31, 2017. It is not available for wages paid in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2019.

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Managing health care benefits costs remains top priority for companies

Managing health care benefits costs remains employers’ top benefit priority, with 66 percent of companies with 50 to 1,000 workers ranking it as a key 2018 concern, according to recent research from Hub International. The study, Employee Benefits Barometer 2018, noted that human resource executives often turn to short-term solutions instead of the longer-term, more strategic approaches to managing employee benefits.

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Iowa enacts law allowing association health plans that evade some ACA rules

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill that allows associations of employers or certain agricultural organizations to offer health plans that do not comply with some of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s provisions. Senate File 2349 allows employer association health plans (AHP), a type of multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA), to be established by bona fide associations of employers.

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IRS’s compliance with employer shared responsibility provision needs improvement, TIGTA says

The IRS failed to identify a substantial number of employers that were potentially liable for the Employer Shared Responsibility Payments, according to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

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