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Key Non-ACA Compliance Items for 2017

Key Non-ACA Compliance Items for 2017
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by Jason Cogdill on 24 April, 2017 with Add new comment

During these first four months of 2017, most of the discussion regarding employee benefits has focused on the status of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), including efforts of Republicans in Congress and the White House to repeal, repair, or replace the 7 year-old health care law. Those efforts continue, although after recent developments it may be later in 2017 or in 2018 when we know the ultimate result for the ACA and what will come next.

In the interim, employers must continue efforts to comply with existing law. Not only does the ACA remain the law of the land as of today, but other important federal regulations are still in full force and effect. Since there are no new ACA items taking effect in 2017, this year is an excellent opportunity for employers to get “back to the basics” and focus on key non-ACA compliance items to ensure full protection for benefit programs.

Key non-ACA compliance items for 2017 include:

  • ERISA compliance
    • Summary Plan Descriptions
    • Form 5500s for health & welfare plans
    • Fiduciary responsibility
  • HIPAA privacy and security compliance for group health plans
  • Wellness program compliance (HIPAA & EEOC considerations)
  • Compliance for other non-insurance programs, including telemedicine
  • Issues related to leaves of absence & plan eligibility/termination
  • Compliance with applicable IRS tax rules for benefit plan elections & deductions
  • Any new legislative or regulatory developments this year (not yet known)

A full benefits compliance checklist is available upon request if helpful to your organization.

A subsequent blog post will focus on best practices for employers in 2017.

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