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How to Prepare for an IRS COBRA Audit

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 15:04 PM

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the compliance spotlight has shifted away from COBRA. Some opinion pieces have even called for the death of COBRA. These opinions overlook many of COBRA’s key benefits. For example, COBRA allows participants to take advantage of dollars already spent to satisfy deductibles. Unlike Marketplace coverage, COBRA provides retroactive coverage - thus preventing a gap. COBRA also takes into account all of the members of the family (creating Qualified Beneficiaries), not just the employee.

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An April Fools’ Recordkeeping Reminder from The IRS that is No Joke

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Apr 08, 2015 @ 15:04 PM

On April 1, 2015, the IRS published its most recent Employee Plans Newsletter. You can access the newsletter at http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Employee-Plans-News

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Friendly Reminder: Review (or Create) Your COBRA Leave of Absence Policy

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 @ 18:03 PM

A recent case illustration:

Leaves of absence can cause major COBRA headaches.  In one recent case (Cole v. Trinity Health Corp., 774 F.3d 423, 8th Cir. Dec. 15, 2014), an employee exhausted all available short term disability leave and then applied for long term disability benefits (LTD).  The LTD carrier reviewed her application for three months and ultimately denied LTD benefits.

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Tags: COBRA leave of absence

ACA Update: The Monumental Implications of King v. Burwell

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, Mar 09, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Stay tuned … the second half of this year could bring big changes for the Affordable Care Act.

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Tags: aca update

IRS Grants Small Employers ACA Transition Relief

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

If you employ under 50 full-time employees and reimburse those employees for the cost of their individual health insurance, the IRS just cut you a (temporary) break.  Just this week, the IRS issued guidance that wipes away potential penalties for 2014 and for the first six months of 2015.

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Tags: aca transition relief, irs notice 2015-17

Health Insurance Fraud or Forgetfulness? How Divorce Impacts COBRA Administration

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

Do you know if any of your divorced employees are carrying a former spouse on your insurance plan?

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Tags: COBRA during divorce

Mergers, Acquisitions and COBRA: The Apex of Complexity

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

COBRA CONUNDRUMS is reprinted from the September 2014 issue of Health Insurance Underwriter Magazine featuring our very own Robert Meyers.

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Tags: cobra administration, COBRA during a merger, COBRA merger and acquisition rules

ACA 2015: The Year of the Tax

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 13:01 PM

It happens every year. You survive another busy holiday season, celebrate another New Year’s Eve, and embark on another year with renewed goals and a fresh outlook.

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Tags: affordable care act, ACA 2015, employer mandate penalties

Ready for PPACA compliance 2.0? What you need to know about the coming labor audits

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Jan 07, 2015 @ 13:01 PM

It’s time again to bid farewell to another year and sing another chorus of Auld Lang Syne. And after the whirlwind of PPACA challenges in 2014, many employers are probably happy to move on.

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Tags: PPACA compliance, labor audits, PPACA audit program

Allowing Part-Time Employees to Make Health FSA Contributions May Trigger ACA Penalties

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Today’s post comes to us compliments of Ken Mason at Spencer Fane Britt and Browne LLP.

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Tags: benefits administration, ACA penalties, FSA contributions

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