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2013 Global Business Symposium for Multinational Employers 

Asinta, in cooperation with their U.S. partner Alliant Employee Benefits, recently gathered experts from around the globe in Houston, Texas to discuss the complexities of providing employee benefits for global employers. To access Symposium materials, including Country Profiles and the 2012 Asinta Going Multinational: Trends in Global Employee Benefits survey, Click Here. For more information on Asinta and Alliant Employee Benefits’ global capabilities, please contact Wendi Pickerel at wpickerel@asinta.com.

Employer Strategies: Preparing for January 1, 2014

With the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the constitutionality of the individual mandate, organizations will need to immediately evaluate their "Pay or Play" strategy effective January 1, 2014. This webinar discusses employer next steps by providing practical guidance for addressing "Pay or Play" and other health care reform provisions. DOWNLOAD SLIDES »

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Alliant launches Ben-IQ

A mobile application for the next generation of employee engagement. This innovative mobile app is designed to reflect increasingly mobile employees’ need for 24/7 access to plan information. READ MORE »

Healthcare Reform Update

Overview of the Supreme Court ruling upholding federal healthcare reform and understanding the Summary of Benefits & Coverage (SBC) requirements. READ MORE »

Supreme Court Ruling’s Impact on the Affordable Care Act: An Overview

The Supreme Court’s decision means that the insurance-related provisions of the ACA remain the law, including those that have yet to take effect. Here’s a quick summary of those provisions and what they mean to you. READ MORE »

Preparing for Health Plan W-2 Reporting Rule Requirements

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to track the total cost of health plan coverage in 2012 and report those amounts on the 2012 W-2. Learn how to conduct your analysis to ensure that you meet these requirements and avoid any adverse consequences. READ MORE »

How to Play: Achieving Healthcare Affordability in 2014

Employers that don’t offer health insurance that meets minimum requirements (or that do not offer “affordable” insurance as defined in the rules) must pay an assessment. There are numerous options for setting the size of the assessment and the basis for calculating it specific to each employer health program. Understand the rules and learn how to create a strategy to meet these 2014 comprehensive requirements. READ MORE »

Proposed Regulations Clarify 90-Day Waiting Period Rule and Propose Elimination of Preexisting Conditions Notices and Certificates of Creditable Coverage

Federal agencies recently released proposed regulations on the 90-day waiting period rule. The regulations clarify that the 90 days is a true “days passed” standard. Additionally, the regulation proposes ending the employer requirement to provide notices of pre-existing condition exclusions and certificates of creditable coverage. Plans should continue to provide these notices until final regulations issue. READ MORE »  

Variety of Additional Regulations Released

Regulators have maintained the same hectic pace over the past few weeks and additional guidance was released regarding the ACA. The newest guidance provides information around the annual health insurance fee, the reinsurance fee, guidance for multiemployer plans and self-funded governmental plans. READ MORE »

Federal Agencies Issue Multiple Healthcare Reform Rules

Over the past few weeks, federal agencies have issued several new rules, including rules on "essential health benefits", "minimum value" and various other Affordable Care Act (ACA) topics.  While many of these changes are critical for insurers, we will focus on the items that are most relevant for employers. READ MORE »

New Contraceptive Coverage Relief for Religious Employers

In early February 2013 the federal government released new guidance for religious employers who have struggled with whether they must provide contraceptive coverage under their group health plans.  The new guidance is not final and leaves several open issues, especially for self-funded health plans, insurers and third party administrators (TPAs). READ MORE »  

New HIPAA Regulations Require Employers to Take Action

In January federal regulators issued final HIPAA regulations that will affect many employers and their health plans. The regulations are similar to the proposed regulations and don’t contain any major surprises but will generally require employers to update many, or perhaps all: (1) business associate agreements; (2) HIPAA policies and procedures; and (3) HIPAA notices of privacy practices. Also, employers will usually need to retrain health plan personnel on the new rules. READ MORE »  

Transitional Guidance - When does Pay or Play impact my plan?

On December 28, 2012, the IRS issued transitional guidance which allows some non-calendar year plans extra time to comply with the 2014 Pay or Play mandate. This alert provides additional details to help employers understand whether a delayed effective date applies. READ MORE »  

New Pay or Play Regulation Makes Significant Changes, Offers Some Relief

On December 28, 2012, the IRS released a proposed Pay Rule regulation. The regulation retains many of the same concepts from prior IRS guidance on the Pay or Play Rule while introducing several brand-new rules.  We address these brand-new rules below and then explain the additional changes to existing concepts. READ MORE »

Resources

  • Healthcare Reform Video

    Help your employees understand healthcare reform: What they have to do, what you have to do, and where to go for help if they want to explore their public marketplace options. October 28th, 2013 English Version Spanish Version

  • Who’s Eligible and Who’s Not? Understanding and Managing Eligibility After Healthcare Reform

    Learn how to determine which employees, spouses, dependents and domestic partners are eligible to participate in a health plan -- and how to document, control and audit that eligibility. July 19th, 2012 Resource Link

  • IRS Guidance on Health FSA and $2,500 Contribution Limit

    On May 30, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued new, helpful guidance relating to contribution limits for health flexible spending arrangements (“Health FSAs”). July 19th, 2012 Resource Link