Year-end Congressional Spending Bill Repeals ACA Taxes and Extends PCORI Fee

AdminBlog, Health & Welfare, Multiemployer / Taft-Hartley Plan, Private Self-Funded Health Plan

As part of a year-end spending bill that was signed in law last Friday, Congress passed a repeal of several ACA taxes, an extension of the PCORI fee, and a number of revisions to retirement savings plans. Foster & Foster outlined changes to employer-sponsored and individual retirement accounts here. Below, we highlight several changes relevant to health plans: Permanent repeal … Read More

Overview of Selected HSA Banking Alternatives

AdminBlog, Private Self-Funded Health Plan

We’re frequently asked which is “the best” HSA bank for our clients’ employees, but it’s not an easy answer. Lately, employers are moving away from using traditional banks and toward online or investment banks to take advantage of longer term investment options and online fund access. Increasingly, employers are even pairing their HSA with their retirement savings vendor to help … Read More

Changes to the ACA Affordability Standard for 2020

AdminBlog, Health & Welfare, Multiemployer / Taft-Hartley Plan, Private Self-Funded Health Plan

Recently, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure Bulletin 2019-29, which decreases the affordability percentage under the Employer Mandate. The “affordability standard” is a component of ACA that is frequently overlooked. Employers should be reassessing their employee contribution structure annually to ensure compliance and avoid costly penalties (see below for updated penalty amounts). In order to determine affordability, the IRS sets an … Read More

Federal Judge Rules Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional; Law Stands Awaiting Likely Appeal

AdminBlog, Health & Welfare, Private Self-Funded Health Plan

Last week, Judge Reed C. O’Connor ruled in favor of a lawsuit that argued the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional without the individual mandate. The individual mandate penalty was eliminated starting in 2019 by the tax bill passed by Congress in December 2017. Despite this ruling, there will be no immediate change to the numerous provisions … Read More