Final Regulations on MEWA Cease and Desist Summary Orders

The DOL releases final regulations on ex parte cease and desist and summary seizure orders regarding multiple employer welfare arrangements. Document Excerpt This document contains two final rules under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to facilitate implementation of new enforcement authority provided to the Secretary of Labor by the Patient Protection […]

Final Regulations on Filings Required of MEWAs

The final rules amend the existing Form M-1 reporting requirements as a result of provisions enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. Document Excerpt This document contains final rules under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that implement reporting requirements for multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs) and certain other entities […]

Revised Questions on 5500 in Reporting Requirements for MEWAs

Final form revisions making compliance with the M-1 filing requirements an integral part of 5500 compliance for MEWAs. Document Excerpt This document contains revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report filed by administrators of certain employee welfare benefit plans that are required to comply with the Form M-1 reporting requirements of 29 CFR 2520.101-2. The […]

Sub-Regulatory Guidance Regarding Age Curves, Geographical Rating Areas

HHS releases guidance concerning two of the factors, age and geography required under the final rule for the Health Insurance Market Rules. Document Excerpt  Contemporaneously with the posting of this guidance, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing the final rule on the Health Insurance Market Rules. This final rule implements provisions […]

IRS Handout for EPCRS Phone Forum

The IRS recently held a phone forum on the changes to EPCRS as reflected in the most recent revenue procedure. Document Excerpt Link

403(b) VCP Submission Kit

The IRS releases a 403(b) Voluntary Correction Program submission kit for those plans that missed the December 31, 2009 plan document deadline. Document Excerpt If your organization did not adopt a written plan that complies with the requirements imposed by federal tax law and the IRS by December 31, 2009, your organization’s 403(b) retirement plan […]

Final Rule On Health Insurance Market Reforms

HHS releases its final rule on health insurance market reform governing such things as guaranteed availability, discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions and other issues. Document Excerpt This final rule implements provisions related to fair health insurance premiums, guaranteed availability, guaranteed renewability, single risk pools, and catastrophic plans, consistent with title I of the Patient […]

HHS Fact Sheet on Final Essential Health Benefits Rule

Coincident with the release of its final rule, HHS also released a new Fact Sheet. Document Excerpt On February 20, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule that helps consumers shop for and compare health insurance options in the individual and small group markets by promoting consistency across plans, […]

Disaster Relief for Mississippi

The PBGC has provided disaster relief for parts of Mississippi with respect to affected plans due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Document Excerpt Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) is waiving certain penalties and extending certain deadlines in response to the Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding that took place on February 10, 2013, in Mississippi. Link […]

Final Rule on Essential Health Benefits

HHS has released its final rule setting forth future health insurance Exchanges as well as the insurance standards and requirements regarding essential health benefits. Document Excerpt This final rule sets forth standards for health insurance issuers consistent with title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and […]

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