Contraception Mandate Rolled Back for Employers

Interim Final Rules were released and became effective on October 6, 2017, allowing a greater number of employers to opt out of providing contraception to employees at no cost through their employer-sponsored health plan.

PTO for When the Wind Blows

This year, much of the United States had some form of major natural disaster—hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornados—and millions of people were either directly affected, or had a family member or close friend who was affected. This life-changing disruption often meant that people couldn’t, or weren’t able to, go to work.

Stop Handing Out Your SSN Like Candy

Social Security numbers (or SSNs) used to be tied just to your Social Security benefits. Now, that number is tied to just about everything used to identify you.

Get Moving… To Live!

The phrase: “If I’m lying, I’m dying” should be changed to: “If I’m sitting, I’m dying” even though it doesn’t rhyme.

2018 FSA Contribution Limit Changes

On October 19, 2017 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the annual inflation adjustments for tax provisions including the dollar limitation on employee salary reductions for contributions to health flexible spending accounts.
Employees can now put more income into their health care flexible spending accounts in 2018, when the health FSA contribution limit increases $50 to $2,650. Dependent care FSA max contributions will remain $5000 and parking and transit limits for 2018 will increase to $260. Please contact your account manager if you would like to increase your contribution for 2018.
Details can be found in the IRS publication: Revenue Procedure 2017-58.
For a full list of all contribution limits for FSA, dependent care, transit and HSA, please visit our Benefits Limits Page.

Shhhhhh!

There are places where you expect things to be noisy, such as a rock concert, and places where you expect it to be quiet, like an office.

President Trump Ends ACA Subsidies

On the evening of October 12, 2017, President Trump announced that subsidies for low income Americans in relation to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be stopped.

October 2017 Executive Order on Healthcare

The order directs various federal agencies to explore options relating to association health plans, short term limited-duration coverage, and health reimbursement arrangements, within the next 60 to 120 days.