Compliance

DOL Releases Updated COBRA Model Notices and FAQs

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released updated COBRA model notices and FAQs providing general information on the updated model notices. The FAQs



IRS Issues Notice 2020-29

The IRS issued IRS Notice 2020-29 (Notice) that provides increased flexibility for making mid-year elections or changes under a Section 125 cafeteria



Can Companies Require Their Employees to Pass a COVID-19 Test Before Returning to Work?

As the country gradually begins to reopen, organizations loosen their teleworking mandates, and employees return to the office, it may be tempting for



IRS Releases an Opinion Letter on the Collection of Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an opinion letter addressing whether the employer shared responsibility penalties (ESRPs) under the Patien



CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Civil Monetary Penalties for Medicare Secondary Payer Reporting Failures

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule and fact sheet on calculating and imposing civil monetary penalties (CMP



CMS Releases Updated Premium Assistance under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Model Notice

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and the Children@s Health Insurance Program



IRS Releases Final ACA Reporting Instructions and Forms for 2019 and Provides Penalty Relief and Deadline Extension

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final instructions for both the 1094-B and 1095-B forms and the 1094-C and 1095-C forms and the final form



FDA Releases Proposed Rule on the Importation of Certain Drugs from Canada

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule on the importation of certain drugs from Canada.The proposed rule would allow states o



Status Update on Court Case Challenging ACA Constitutionality

As background, in 2018, 20 states filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District for the Northern District of Texas (District Court) to strike down the Pati



President Signs Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Act) to keep the federal government running through Se



HHS Releases Inflation-Adjusted Federal Civil Penalty Amounts

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its Annual Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment. Here are some of the adjustments:Me



CMS Releases SBC Materials for Plan Years Beginning 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released SBC materials and supporting documents including a template SBC, sample completed SBC, u