Medicare

Posted November 23rd, 2022 in Producers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that largely oversees the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace), has indicated that agents and brokers who assist with Marketplace enrollments must obtain client consent before assisting with enrollments and other Marketplace functions.

Posted November 16th, 2022 in Producers

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published some new compliance rules that will impact Third-Party Marketing Organizations (TPMOs) who sell Medicare Advantage and/or Part D plans.

Posted October 4th, 2022 in Employers, Producers

On September 27, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the 2023 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs, and the 2023 Medicare Part D income-related monthly adjustment amounts. Below is a summary of those numbers:

Posted August 29th, 2022 in Employers, Producers
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) signed into law last week included some healthcare provisions that primarily impact Medicare and plans sold on a Health Insurance Marketplace; however, some of the provisions included in the law may indirectly impact employers and group health plans.
 
Posted August 19th, 2022 in Employers, Producers
On August 16, 2022, President Joseph Biden signed a bill into law called the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). While its name may not imply it, there were some provisions in the bill that impact healthcare and/or health insurance. Here is a summary of some of those provisions:
 
Extension of Enhanced Marketplace Subsidies
 
Posted April 6th, 2022 in Employers, Individuals

The penalty for failing to comply with Cafeteria Plan rules identified in Internal Revenue Code Section 125 can be severe. The penalties can include the application of income taxes against participants who otherwise thought they were electing non-taxable benefits, the application of employment taxes against participants and the employer, and penalties for failing to withhold and report taxes appropriately, among other things.

Posted February 23rd, 2022 in Individuals

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have become a popular way to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses and/or save for future medical expenses. HSAs are considered by many to be the “unicorn” of financial accounts. The primary reason for this claim to fame are the triple tax advantage features of HSAs.

Posted December 22nd, 2020 in Employers, Producers

As we approach the new year, it is important that employers and benefit advisors not forgot some of the reporting obligations that come along with offering group health plans and other employee benefit programs.

Here are four reporting reminders:

Posted December 2nd, 2020 in Producers, Individuals

On November 6, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2021 premiums, deductibles and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and B programs. Below is a summary of some of the key cost components:

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