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Healthcare Reform

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Aetna has shared important information regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Carrier and Employer Reporting Requirements. Find out what’s been done and what’s ahead for 2015 tax year information and 1095-B reporting. Please click below for helpful information for you and your client's employees.
 
CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT 2016 - Impact to Employer Health Plans

On December 18th President Obama signed into law a nearly $2 trillion budget deal on government funding and taxes through an omnibus bill. This bill provides funding to the federal government through September 30, 2016. In addition to funding the federal government, the bill includes a number of provisions that will impact employer sponsored health coverage, including key provisions that delays implementation of the Cadillac Tax for an additional two years and temporarily eliminates the Health Insurer Fee.

The two key components of this bill affecting employers who offer employer sponsored health coverage are as follows: Click below to continue:
 
A NEW YEAR BRINGS A HOST OF NEW ACA GUIDANCE

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released guidance on the application of market reforms to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) and employer payment plans, prevailing wage, the identification of employee contributions, Health Savings Account (HSA) rules’ application to Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, the application of COBRA rules to Flexible Spending Account (FSA) carryover amounts, and final regulations on minimum value and premium tax credit eligibility. Click below to continue.

 
An Abundance of ACA Relief for Filing Forms 1094/95 – B & C - The IRS recently released IRS Notice 2016-4, which extends the due date for the ACA reporting for the 2015 tax year (reported in 2016) only. Beginning with the 2016 tax year, reported in 2017, the deadlines will revert back to their original timelines. The delay is for...-click below to continue.
 

BREAKING NEWS: ACA employer reporting delayed
December 28, 2015

IRS Extends Due Dates for New 2015 Information Reporting Requirements

Summary

Two provisions of the Affordable Care Act that apply only to applicable large employers (ALEs) are now in effect: the employer shared responsibility provision and the employer information reporting provision for offers of minimum essential coverage. In addition, self-insured ALEs – that is, employers who sponsor self-insured group health plans – have additional provider information reporting requirements.

On Dec. 28, the IRS extended the due dates for new health care information reporting forms in 2016. Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have additional time to provide health coverage information for 2015 to individual taxpayers and the IRS. Providers and certain employers must now furnish individuals with either Form 1095-B or 1095-C by March 31, 2016.  The due dates for issuers filing these forms and the associated Form 1094 with the IRS are May 31, 2016 for paper filers and June 30, 2016 for electronic filers.

Link to the IRS ACA Information Center

PDF-icon2SM Click here to download the official document - Notice 2016-4