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By: Matt Ingold

July 13th, 2015

Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015 Doubles Obamacare Penalties Overnight

Compliance & Auditing

Four days after King v. Burwell sealed the deal for Applicable Large Employers in 2015, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. With its passing, Affordable Care Act fiscal penalties doubled overnight.

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By: Matt Ingold

June 25th, 2015

King v. Burwell Decision is Out...So Now What?

Compliance & Auditing

The much awaited King v. Burwell decision came out this morning. In the ruling, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of upholding federal exchange subsidies, preserving subsidies on which 8.7 million Americans depend to obtain affordable health care coverage through the federal exchanges.

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By: Matt Ingold

June 19th, 2015

How to Complete the 1094-C for Affordable Care Act IRS Reporting

Compliance & Auditing

More draft 1094/1095 B and C forms for 2015 IRS Affordable Care Act Reporting—I know, because at the end of Q2, we want more drafts. The good news is that the latest drafts released on June 16, 2015 have little changes to the previous edition. The few changes that have come out, such as moving box 19 of the 1094-C from Part II to Part I of the form, and removing the shaded grey from box 23 of Part III, have been mostly cosmetic. Arguably the most significant change is adding the additional Plan Start Month field to the 1095-C, but this will remain an optional field for 2015 reporting. Changes aside, in this blog I intend to focus on the particulars of how to complete the 1094-C.

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By: Matt Ingold

June 13th, 2015

Simple Steps to Assess Obamacare's Impact on Your Employer Health Care Strategy

Compliance & Auditing

The Affordable Care Act and its Employer Shared Responsibility “Play or Pay” mandate has emerged as one of the most paralyzing topics of discussion for employers and HR professionals. We get it; Obamacare has forced employee benefits specialists to become as much regulatory experts as brokers, and it isn’t easy. When helping clients build their compliance strategy, we try to make the analysis process as simple as possible. As Affordable Care Act consultants, we see the primary Obamacare question applicable large employers need answered as follows. “Based on my compliance status, how will the Affordable Care Act change the way I develop my health care benefits strategy?” The focus of this blog will be guiding employers and HR professionals through the process of answering this question (as simply as possible).

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3 Most Common Mistake Employers Make When Offering Benefits

Mistakes are expensive, especially when building benefit plans.

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By: Matt Ingold

May 28th, 2015

Critical Timeline Considerations When Implementing Obamacare Solutions

Compliance & Auditing

When it comes to a software purchase, onboarding and implementation can make or break a user experience. In 2015, first-time Obamacare software adopters are learning just how unique an implementation experience onboarding an Affordable Care Act software vendor can be. For those employers out there still discerning the pros and cons of outsourcing ACA compliance, my aim is to provide a window into the common ACA vendor onboarding experience, and offer some key timeline considerations for making that final decision to outsource.

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By: Matt Ingold

May 4th, 2015

The 5 Most Requested Features of PPACA Software Vendors

Compliance & Auditing

As the late comers to the PPACA party begin to surge into the marketplace, the first bits of client demand data are beginning to trickle in. We at Benetech have sat through the client meetings, read the blog posts, and listened to the masses of HR professionals explain their top must-have features for any Affordable Care Act software solution. What follows are the 5 most requested features of PPACA software vendors.

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By: Matt Ingold

April 30th, 2015

How Part-time Employees Can Make You Subject to ACA IRS Reporting

Compliance & Auditing

Since we have continued to get a lot of questions about determining whether or not you are an employer subject to the Employer Shared-Responsibility mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, we decided to push out a quick blog on how to identify if your organization is subject to Pay or Play. By the end of this quick read, you will know whether or not you are an Applicable Large Employer (ALE) subject to the ACA, and, if so, what month your compliance stability period begins in 2015 (the first months you are subject to potential ACA penalties that will be accrued following 2016 Obamacare reporting). Keep in mind, while transition assistance has delayed ACA penalties for ALEs in the <100 group, these employers must still report to the IRS or face administrative fines come Q1 of 2016.

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By: Kyle Wessels

April 17th, 2015

How Do Non-Calendar Healthcare Plan Years Affect Affordable Care Act Reporting?

Compliance & Auditing

Before we delve too far into the mechanics of the Affordable Care Act Reporting requirements on non-calendar year plans, let’s back up a few steps to establish a few fundamentals.  During the first quarter of 2016 Applicable Large Employers will be required to report information on health coverage offered to full-time employees to the IRS.  They will be required to report for a period of time known as their “Stability Period”, one of the ACAs many definitions.  This Stability Period, is more commonly understood as the group’s Plan Year.

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Mistakes are expensive, especially when building benefit plans.

We've outlined the 3 most common mistakes employers make when offering benefits in a quick ebook. Get your copy free when you subscribe to our blog.

Before you leave...

Mistakes are expensive, especially when building benefit plans.

We've outlined the 3 most common mistakes employers make when offering benefits in a quick ebook. Get your copy free when you subscribe to our blog.