Employee Benefits Legislation

MA Employers: HIRD is Back and Due November 30th

2018-11-07T10:51:46-04:00November 7th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation|

Well, it is back. Massachusetts employers with six or more employees are required to annually submit the new Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (“HIRD”) form, regardless of whether they offer health insurance to their employees or not. The Massachusetts [...]

New Bill Would Allow Health Savings Account (H.S.A.) Use for Home Care Services

2018-10-10T09:06:37-04:00October 10th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation|

New Bill Would Allow Health Savings Account (H.S.A.) Use for Home Care Services A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would make it possible for patients to use a health savings account (HSA) for home care [...]

Need to Know: Federal Laws that Affect Employers

2018-09-18T13:00:00-04:00September 18th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation, Small Business Health Insurance|

As many employers know, there are a variety of federal laws that impact the workplace.  Federal law imposes responsibilities on employers which they should regularly review for compliance.  Even well-known laws are frequently updated by regulation, without legislative action.  [...]

Legislative Update: The Latest on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

2018-07-27T12:00:00-04:00July 27th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation, Small Business Health Insurance|

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives adopted two health care bills, H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311, that expand tax-advantaged health care accounts, including Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). Previous versions of [...]

Important Legislative Update: DOL Releases Association Health Plan Rule

2018-06-20T12:00:00-04:00June 20th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation|

On June 19th, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long awaited final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs), which the Self-Insurance Institute of America Inc. (SIIA) has been actively involved in through comments and advocacy. The [...]

Legislative Update: 2019 ‘Pay or Play’ Affordability Percentage Set at 9.86%

2018-05-23T12:00:00-04:00May 23rd, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation|

Under the employer shared responsibility ("pay or play") provisions of the Affordable Care Act, applicable large employers-generally those who had 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees)-may be subject to a penalty if they do not offer affordable coverage that provides [...]

IRS Releases 2019 Contribution Limits for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

2018-05-15T12:00:00-04:00May 15th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation|

The IRS issued the calendar year 2019 inflation-adjusted figures for the annual contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and the minimum deductible amounts and maximum out-of-pocket expense amounts for high-deductible health plans. Individuals who participate in a high-deductible [...]

Massachusetts Limits Certain Criminal History Inquiries: Effective October 13, 2018

2018-04-30T12:00:00-04:00April 30th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation|

In 2010, Massachusetts enacted the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform Act, which includes a “ban-the-box” component. Among other things, the law prohibits an employer from requiring an applicant to check a box if he or she has a [...]

Massachusetts Government Has Begin Assessing Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) Supplemental Payments – What Does This Mean?

2018-04-19T12:00:00-04:00April 19th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation|

Many Massachusetts businesses have offered affordable care under the Affordable Care Act, but due to their employees enrolling in MassHealth or ConnectorCare, they have now received large first-quarter bills from the state of MA (some in the neighborhood of [...]