June 12, 2017

H&W Church Plans – What are they?

Recently, the United States Supreme Court brought some additional understanding to the question of what constitutes a “church plan” for purposes of ERISA.  While ERISA, generally speaking, regulates employer-sponsored employee pensions and welfare plans, it carves out an exemption for church plans. ERISA’s original definition of a church plan was “a plan established and maintained… Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

H&W Preventive Services Task Force Release:  Thyroid Cancer Screenings

Section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act (the “Act’), as added by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), requires group health plans and health insurance issuers that are not grandfathered health plans to provide a wide array of preventive care items and services with no cost-sharing. This means that no deductibles, copays, coinsurance, or other… Continue Reading

May 8, 2017

H&W 2018 HSA Limits Released

HSA (health savings account) cost-of-living contribution and coverage adjustments for 2018 have been issued in Revenue Procedure 2017-37. The new 2018 HSA limits, minimum deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket expense levels for calendar year 2018 are as follows: HSA Annual Contribution Limitation Contributions from all sources cannot exceed certain annual limits prescribed by the IRS and adjusted annually… Continue Reading

April 25, 2017

H&W Preventive Services Task Force Release:  Preeclampsia

Preventive Services Section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act (the “Act’), as added by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), requires group health plans and health insurance issuers that are not grandfathered health plans to provide a wide array of preventive care items and services with no cost-sharing. This means that no deductibles, copays, coinsurance,… Continue Reading

April 18, 2017

401(k) Adoption Date Extended for Defined Contribution Pre-approved Plans

The IRS has extended the deadline from Sunday, April 30, 2017, to Monday, May 1, 2017, for certain employers to adopt defined contribution pre-approved plans and apply for a determination letter. Further details are available on the IRS website.

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