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PACE Act Will Allow States to Define Small Groups as 50 or Fewer Employees, Obama to Sign

The New York Times has reported that the President will sign the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act (PACE Act), which amends the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide states the flexibility to define a “small employer” for group health … Continue reading

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Premium Reimbursement Penalties Delayed for Some

As posted on the Benefit Advisors Network (BAN) Small Employer Premium Only Plan Limited Relief The IRS today released Notice 2015-17. In the Notice the IRS provides limited penalty relief to small employers (under 50 FTE) who are using certain premium … Continue reading

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Businesses Now Hurrying to Answer: Play or Pay in 2015?

As the 2015 employer mandate quickly approaches, employers are making plans and moving healthcare reform discussions from the back burner to the front burner.  Many employers had been delaying discussions, and subsequent decisions, regarding healthcare reform in accord with the … Continue reading

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Departments Release Guidance on Dental and Vision Plans, EAPs, and “Wraparound” Coverage

The Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health & Human Services (collectively, the Departments) jointly issued proposed rules (Proposed Regulations) on December 20, 2013. The proposed rules would amend the regulations regarding excepted benefits under various federal laws, including the Employee, … Continue reading

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Ask Your Benefits Advisor at CPI-HR: Renew Now, Renew Later…?

On November 14th President Obama addressed concerns that individual and small employer health plans were being cancelled in his statement “.… insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled into 2014, and Americans whose plans have been canceled … Continue reading

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Is the Country Finally Waking Up to Obamacare?

WAKE UP TO OBAMACARE MIDDLE CLASS! The country is starting to wake up to what Obamacare really is….but most Americans are at the infancy of understanding this incredibly complicated law. It’s too bad that Healthcare.gov isn’t working so that the … Continue reading

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Affordable Care Act Update: Temporary “Fix” for Small Group Health Insurance Policies

One Year Moratorium of Market Reform Provisions of ACA In response to nationwide complaints about health insurance plans being cancelled, or not renewed, because of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama Administration announced on November 14, 2013 … Continue reading

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IRS Changes Health FSA “Use-or-Lose” Rule; Clarifies Transition Relief for 2013-14

On October 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2013-71 (Notice), which modifies the “use-or-lose” rule for health flexible spending accounts (health FSAs) to allow a $500 annual carryover of unused contributions, provided that the cafeteria plan offering … Continue reading

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News from the HR Technology Expo 2013

For employers everywhere it’s renewal season – which means it’s also the time that I get the most questions regarding Enrollment Technology. I have to admit, I am still surprised at how many of our employee benefit consulting partners across the nation are … Continue reading

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Government Agencies Release Guidance on HSAs, FSAs and Employer Payment Plans

On Friday, September 13, 2013, the IRS released Notice 2013-54 and the DOL issued Technical Release 2013-03 in substantially identical form.  This guidance, which is generally effective January 1, 2014, provides much needed clarification on the application of certain provisions … Continue reading

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Mandatory Mailing of New Marketplace Notice

A post from Brian Meharry, President. Brian is leading the national expansion of the Payroll and Benefits Administration Services Departments within CPI-HR. It isn’t news that the entire healthcare industry is being revamped by legislators and having an impact on most … Continue reading

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CPI-HR Named Best Employer in Ohio Three Consecutive Years

CPI-HR is pleased to be recognized as one of the best employers in Ohio for the third consecutive year as seen in the Best Companies Group publication April, 2013. “Earning this distinction three years in a row is humbling and … Continue reading

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Health Insurance Exchange Deadline Postponed for Employer

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has delayed the original March 1 deadline for employers to comply with the new requirement under Health Care Reform to provide employees a written notice explaining certain information related to Exchanges. The timing for … Continue reading

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Survey Reports Limited Employer Interest in Health Insurance Exchanges

According to a recent survey by the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health, only 9% of employers surveyed expected to participate in state health insurance exchanges when they begin in 2014. Exchanges are state-based competitive marketplaces, established under Health Care … Continue reading

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Free Webinar: Looking at the Financial Impact of Exchanges

Please join us Wednesday, October 17 at noon for the “Looking at the Financial Impact of Exchanges” webinar. Brian Long, CPA, Director Healthcare Service for AKT LLP will cover key financial points that employers should consider when looking at an … Continue reading

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