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Dec 22 2010
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Compliance with IRS nondiscrimination rules delayed

If you sponsor an insured, non-grandfathered group health plan, Christmas has come a little early this year. The IRS has officially delayed the effective date of the impending nondiscrimination requirements for insured plans until after regulations or other administrative guidance can be issued (

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Dec 03 2010
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Health care reform: Here to stay?

Kristine Cienfuegos at 800-733-8621.

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Dec 03 2010
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Fourth set of FAQs offers guidance on health care reform

fourth set of FAQs clarifies that this notice need not be included on the explanation of benefits (EOB) documents issued by the plan in response to a claim for benefits, but that it should be included in any plan summaries, such as the summary plan description (SPD) or similar documents.…

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Nov 19 2010
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Grandfathered status rules eased slightly

Regulators at the Departments of the Treasury (IRS), Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued an amendment to earlier guidance on grandfathered health plans, permitting plans to change insurers without losing grandfathered status (Health Care Reform Blog, or contact

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Nov 01 2010
Employee Benefits

IRS offers relief to employers on W-2 health care cost reporting

issued a notice stating that such reporting would be voluntary for the 2011 tax year. Employers should expect that the reporting requirement will be mandatory for the 2012 tax year, but Vigilant will update you as developments occur.

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Oct 08 2010
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

DOL issues more guidance on health care reform implementation

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) says it will focus on helping employers and health plans understand and apply the new health care reform law. Recently the DOL posted new guidance on its website. Some of the highlights are:interim regulations state that more than a five percent decrease in the employer’s…

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Sep 17 2010
Employee Benefits

New IRS guidance on reimbursement for OTC drugs

The IRS recently issued guidance on section 9003 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which prohibits health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) from reimbursing expenses for over-the-counter (OTC) medications and drugs obtained without a prescription (Tips: If Vigilant administers your cafeteria plan, we…

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Sep 11 2010
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Key date under health care reform looming

September 23, 2010, a key date under this year’s federal health care reform legislation, is just around the corner. What does this mean for you? It means that your health plan must be in compliance with the following health care reforms, beginning on the first day of your plan’s next plan…

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Sep 11 2010
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

New IRS form helps employers calculate health coverage tax credit

The IRS has Form 8941, the form that small businesses and tax exempt organizations will use in claiming the small business health care tax credit for 2010. The small business health care tax credit is one component of this year’s federal health care reform package. It

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Sep 08 2010
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform

Grandfathered status: Digging down on collectively bargained plans

At Vigilant, we have received many questions about how the grandfathered status rules apply to our member employers’ health plans. In previous 1. I have both union and non-union employees participating in a single plan. How do I know if my plan is considered to be “collectively bargained” under the health care reform…

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