Legal Alert - DOL Announces April 1 Applicability of Final Disability Plan Claims Procedure Reg.

January 24, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its decision for April 1, 2018, as the applicability date for ERISA-covered employee benefit plans to comply with a final rule (released in December 2016) that imposes additional procedural protections (similar to those that apply to health plans) when dealing with claims for disability benefits. In October 2017, the DOL had announced a 90-day delay of the final rule, which was scheduled to apply to claims for disability benefits under ERISA-covered benefit plans that were filed on or after January 1, 2018.

Legal Alert - DOL Releases Proposed Rule Expanding Association Health Plans

January 24, 2018

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule to expand the opportunity of unrelated employers of all sizes (but particularly small employers) to offer employment-based health insurance through Association Health Plans (AHPs). This rulemaking follows President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Executive Order 13813, “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States,” which stated the Administration’s intention to prioritize the expansion of access to AHPs.

Legal Alert - Employee Benefit Changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

January 04, 2018

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed what is popularly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “Bill”), overhauling America’s tax code for both individuals and corporations and providing the most sweeping changes to the U.S. Tax Code since 1986. The House and Senate Conference Committee provided a Policy Highlights of the major provisions of the Bill, and the Joint Committee on Taxation provided a lengthy explanation of the Bill.

2018 Forum / Ban Webinar Schedule

December 20, 2017

Full listing of Forum / Ban 2018 Webinar Schedule. Forum will send out monthly invites through our newsletter and website.

October 2017 Newsletter

December 20, 2017

CVS Health to Acquire Aetna

December 06, 2017

CVS Health to Acquire Aetna; Combination to Provide Consumers with a Better Experience, Reduced Costs and Improved Access to Health Care Experts in Homes and Communities Across the Country

Legal Alert - IRS Updates Employer Mandate FAQs, Indicates that Penalty Letters are Imminent

November 27, 2017

There are many concerns about the Employer Mandate Fines. Please read the attached article to learn more.

Legal Alert - IRS Increases Health FSA Contribution Limit for 2018

October 31, 2017

On October 20, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-58, which raises the health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) salary reduction contribution limit by $50 to $2,650 for plan years beginning in 2018. The Revenue Procedure also contains the cost-of-living adjustments that apply to dollar limitations in certain sections of the Internal Revenue Code. The following summarizes other adjustments relevant to individuals and employer sponsors of welfare and fringe benefit plans.

BCBS - Flu Shot and Biometric Screening On-Site Clinics

October 18, 2017

BCBS of South Carolina is partnering with local Doctors Care offices to provide your employees and their dependents easy access to flu vaccinations and biometric screenings. Employers may offer these services on-site or at a local Doctors Care office.

September 2017

October 18, 2017

President Trump Issues Executive Order on ACA, Separately Attempts to End Cost-Sharing Payments

October 17, 2017

On October 12, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the federal agencies in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to propose new regulations or revise existing guidance to expand access to association health plans (AHPs), short-term insurance plans, and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). While the order directs the agencies to consider changes that would have a sweeping effect on the health insurance industry, it has no immediate effect – any changes in rules or regulations will be subject to standard notice and comment periods.


September 18, 2017

Forum Facts - High Deductible Plans

September 05, 2017

Forum Fact 1 - High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP’s) Make Sense For Many.

Confluence Outdoor Answers Houston's Urgent Call for Rescue Boats

August 30, 2017

Confluence Outdoor Answers Houston’s Urgent Call for Rescue Boats Company expedites rescue capable, high-capacity kayaks, paddles and life preservers to support rescue efforts

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