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June 19, 2020 – California Paid Leave Extended

June 19, 2020

  California Paid Family Leave (PFL) Extended   On June 27, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed California’s 2019-20 state budget, which included an expansion of the state’s family temporary disability insurance program administered through the Employment Development Department (EDD).  Senate Bill (SB) 83 provides certain workers with up to eight weeks, up from six weeks, …

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June 19, 2020 – PCORI Fee Deadline Around the Corner

June 19, 2020

   PCORI Fee Deadline Just Around the Corner   The Affordable Care Act requires health insurers and sponsors of self-funded group health plans (including health reimbursement arrangements) to pay a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee.  Originally, the law provided that the PCORI fee would not be assessed for plan years ending after September 30, …

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June 2020 Benefits Bulletin: 2021 HSA and HDHP Limits

May 29, 2020

  2021 HSA and HDHP Limits   The IRS recently released Revenue Procedure 2020-32 issuing the new inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and qualified high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2021.  The limits are as follows:   Key HSA Issues There are several issues to address in offering a qualified high deductible health …

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May 19, 2020 – Benefits Bulletin: Increase to Health FSA Carryover Limit

May 19, 2020

  Increase to Health FSA Carryover Limit   The IRS announced on May 12, 2020, an increase to the carryover limit permitted of Health Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs). This increase is not provided in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, nor is it a temporary adjustment. Employer-sponsors may adopt the increase beginning with FSA …

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May 15, 2020 – IRS Provides Temporary Flexibility for Cafeteria Plans, Health FSAs, and DCAPs

May 15, 2020

  IRS Provides Temporary Flexibility for Cafeteria Plans, Health FSAs, and DCAPs As part of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) continued response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, it released Notice 2020-29 on May 12, 2020. This Notice provides employer-sponsors with temporary flexibility with respect to certain aspects of Section 125 Cafeteria Plans, Health Flexible …

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Qualified Medical Child Support Orders: Compliance for Group Health Plans

May 12, 2020

  Qualified Medical Child Support Orders Compliance for Group Health Plans   Group health plans subject to ERISA are required to comply with qualified medical child support orders (QMCSOs), which includes medical, dental, and vision plans, as well as Health Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). When a plan receives a QMCSO, …

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April 17, 2020 Benefits Bulletin – FAQs

April 17, 2020

  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Benefits Considerations in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) *Astrix indicates which FAQ is new or updated from our previous version.*   Q1.  Is an employer restricted by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) from disclosing that an employee tested positive for COVID-19? A1.    HIPAA imposes strict rules on covered …

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April 7, 2020 – Group Health Plan Dependent Eligibility Audit

April 7, 2020

  Group Health Plan Dependent Eligibility Audit   At the outset, employers should have two main objectives regarding their group health plan’s eligibility provisions: (1) drafting clear plans and policies to reflect their intended eligibility rules, and (2) administering and monitoring these eligibility provisions consistently.  In order to achieve the second objective, an employer may …

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