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Administration Eliminates Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

Cuts to Take Effect Immediately The Trump administration announced yesterday that it will no longer make cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency’s decision to discontinue these payments immediately follows a legal review by HHS, the […]

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California Law Modifies Employers’ Immigration Responsibilities

Law Effective January 1, 2018 A new law modifies California employers’ immigration responsibilities. An outline of the new requirements is presented below. Notice of Inspection An employer generally must provide a notice to each current employee of any inspections of federal Forms I-9 or other employment records conducted by an immigration agency within 72 hours of receiving notice of the inspection. Such notice […]

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New Executive Order Calls for Expanding Access to Association Health Plans

ACA Requirements Remain In Effect Pending Further Guidance or Legislation President Trump has signed an executive order calling upon the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to consider, among other things, expanding access to Association Health Plans, which could potentially allow employers to form groups across state lines. Until further guidance is issued or legislation is signed, […]

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California Releases 2018 Overtime Exemption Rates for Certain Computer Software Employees and Certain Licensed Physicians and Surgeons

New Rates Effective January 1, 2018 California has released the 2018 overtime exemption rates for certain computer software employees and certain licensed physicians and surgeons. Exemption Rates Effective January 1, 2018, an exemption from state overtime requirements applies to certain computer software employees whose compensation is at least $43.58 per hour, or, if paid on a salaried basis, at least $90,790.07 annually for full-time […]

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H1-B Premium Processing Resumed

Premium Processing Available for all Types of H-1B Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. Background H-1B visas provide skilled workers for specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, and mathematics. When a petitioner […]

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DOL Proposes 90-Day Delay of New Disability Benefit Claims Procedures

If Finalized, New Rules Would Apply to Disability Claims Filed After April 1, 2018 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a 90-day delay of the applicability of a final rule requiring employee benefit plans offering disability benefits to provide additional procedural protections for disability benefit claims. If the proposal is finalized, the new disability benefit claims […]

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Federal Agencies Relax Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

New Rules Expand Exemptions Based on Religious and Moral Objections Effective as of October 6, 2017, two companion interim final rules issued by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor expand exemptions related to the Affordable Care Act requirement that non-grandfathered group health plans provide coverage without cost-sharing for contraceptive services (referred to as […]

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PCORI Fees Hiked for 2018 Filing Period

Fee Applies to Certain Self-Insured Plans The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced an increase in the applicable dollar amount used to determine the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plan years that end on or after October 1, 2017 and before October 1, 2018. As a reminder, employers sponsoring certain self-insured plans are […]

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Marketplace Special Enrollment Periods Announced for Hurricane-Impacted Individuals

Special Enrollment Periods Available for 2017 Marketplace Coverage As a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make available special enrollment periods for certain individuals seeking health plans offered through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange). In general, these special enrollment periods are available to residents of Florida, […]

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Medicare Announces Special Enrollment Period for Individuals Impacted by Recent Hurricanes

Special Enrollment Period Available Through 2017 As a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make available a special enrollment period for all Medicare beneficiaries to enroll, dis-enroll, or switch Medicare health or prescription drug plans. In general, this special enrollment period is available to residents of Florida, […]

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