2nd Quarter 2015 Benefits Bulletin

IN THIS ISSUE

• IRS Invites Comments on Cadillac Tax Implementation

• DOL Issues Final Rule to Expand FMLA Protections for Same-sex Spouses

• DOJ to Allow Claims Based on Gender Identity Discrimination

• New Guidance and Relief for Employer Payment of Individual Premiums

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Health Care Reform Bulletin

IRS Releases Final Forms and Instructions for ACA Reporting

Quick Facts

• On Feb. 8, 2015, the IRS issued final forms and instructions for Section 6055 and 6056 reporting.

• Final instructions provide a new option for some ALEs reporting information for non-employees.

• Although these forms are not required to be filed for 2014, employers may voluntarily file in 2015 for 2014 coverage, using these forms and instructions.

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Health Care Reform – Legislative Brief

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Year-end Checklist for 2015 Compliance

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a number of significant changes to group health plans since the law was enacted over four years ago. Many of these key reforms became effective in 2014, including health plan design changes, increased wellness program incentives and reinsurance fees.

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Health Care Reform – Legislative Brief

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Violations – Penalties and Excise Taxes

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes numerous reforms for group health plans and creates new compliance obligations for employers and health plan sponsors. The ACA, for example, requires health plans to eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions and provide coverage for preventive care services without cost-sharing. Some of the reforms for health plans apply to all health plans, while others apply only to nongrandfathered plans or to insured plans in the small group market.

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