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ACA 2015: The Year of the Tax


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.

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

ppaca compliance

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.

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

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

Is your holiday party on your risk management to-do list?


The office holiday party. It’s one of the most popular events of the season. It’s a great time for employees to socialize together away from work, and a chance for employers to give something back to their workers for their hard work throughout the year.

Voluntary benefits: A hot and growing commodity in the talent wars

cobra for voluntary benefits

Some say the recession is finally over. We’ll leave it to the economists to make the final call, but one thing we know for sure is that voluntary benefits continue to gain popularity – with employers and employees alike.

ACA open enrollment, Act II

affordable care act update

November 15 marked the launch of the second open enrollment period for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After months of fixing glitches and replacing some key management figures, the federal government is promising a much smoother experience for enrollees this time around.

Mergers, Acquisitions and COBRA: The Apex of Complexity

COBRA during mergers and acquisitions

M&A activity reaches 7-year high – What does this mean for COBRA administration? 2014 has been the busiest year for mergers and acquisitions since 2007 according to a new report by PwC. The first six months of the year have seen $982 billion in merger and acquisition activity, roughly double the activity for the same period last year.

Feds axe MVPs in last minute ACA compliance twist

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With employers still struggling with the long list of new rules and regulations under the Affordable Care Act, the last thing they need is a last-minute surprise.

Mind-Blowing Stats and Trends on U.S. Health Care

health care in the u.s.

Prepare to be amazed!  This eye-opening infographic takes a detailed look at health care in the U.S. in comparison to other countries around the world. Discover how much health care costs, who is uninsured and why, and how the high cost of health care leads to other travesties like bankruptcy, or failing to seek treatment.

ACA Update from ProBenefits, Inc.

ACA Update

If you have a high deductible health plan and have been wondering about FSA/HSA eligibility issues, this article is for you. It also includes updates on the health plan identifier (HPID) analysis for HRA/FSA plans.  Technical stuff for sure, but nevertheless important. All this interesting info comes to us from our friends at ProBenefits, Inc.  Thank you, ProBenefits, for helping to keep COBRAGuard readers on the cutting edge of health care reform!

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