Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – May 31, 2019

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New Reports

  • Analysis: Pension plan calculations, 5/19 (101.1.-1)

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  • Survey: IRS monthly segment rates, 5/19 (101.2.-9)

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  • Analysis: Claims procedures for ERISA-covered benefit plans, 4/19 (602.13.-1)

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  • Analysis: PBGC’s annual report, 3/19 (619.-1)

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  • News

    IRS issues 2020 HSA inflation adjustments

    The IRS has released the 2020 inflation-adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) under Code Sec. 223.

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    DOL, EEOC consider changes to FMLA and wellness regulations

    The DOL and EEOC have released their Spring 2019 Agency Rule Lists. The DOL’s list includes regulatory actions related to the FMLA and the definition of “fiduciary.” The EEOC revealed that it is developing new employer-sponsored wellness rules in response to a federal court ruling that partially vacated the agency’s final rules on the interaction of wellness programs with the ADA and GINA.

            (Read Cheetah) »

    Bipartisan support exists for fixing health care problems, but legislators struggle to find workable solutions, experts say

    There are several health care-related problems that both Congressional Republican and Democrat leaders agree need to be fixed, such as surprise medical bills, the Cadillac tax, and the high cost of prescription drugs. However, according to experts from Aon Health Solutions at the May webinar, 2019 Health Reform Update—What’s Next, the problem is finding workable solutions that everyone can support.

            (Read Cheetah) »

    Employers take action to improve access to quality, affordable health care

    An increasing number of employers intend to provide their workforce with better access to high-quality and cost-effective health care by embracing a myriad of solutions such as high-performance networks, centers of excellence, onsite or near-site health centers, and accountable care organizations. Nearly one-half (45%) of employers say they intend to adopt these types of solutions by 2021, compared to just 32% that have already done so, according to research from Willis Towers Watson’s Health Care Access and Delivery Survey.

            (Read Cheetah) »

    DOL issues additional guidance on AHPs after court ruling partially invalidated final rule

    The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued additional guidance in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding a federal district court’s ruling in State of New York v. United States Department of Labor, which vacated portions of the DOL’s final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs). The AHP rule, which the DOL published on June 21, 2018, established a new test as an alternative to that described in prior DOL sub-regulatory guidance for determining who can sponsor an ERISA-covered AHP as an “employer.”

            (Read Cheetah) »

    DOJ asks Fifth Circuit to uphold district court’s ruling striking the entire ACA

    The Department of Justice has filed a brief asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the district court’s ruling in Texas v. U.S., arguing the lower court correctly ruled that, in the absence of any revenue-raising provision, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate can no longer properly be upheld as a tax and is, therefore, unconstitutional.

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