Regulatory Updates

Exemptions Lifted on Operators with Properly Managed Diabetes

Nov. 8, 2018 – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ruled to revise regulations in order to qualify individuals who have properly controlled diabetes to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without an exemption. The FMCSA scheduled the revisions to take effect on Nov. 19, 2018. Before this ruling, individuals with…

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Final Forms for 2018 ACA Reporting Released

October 18, 2018 – In late Sept. 2018, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) released final 2018 forms and instructions for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. 2018 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C (and related instructions) are used by applicable large employers (ALEs) to report under Section 6056, as well as for combined…

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DOL Finalizes Rule to Expand Association Health Plans

June 28, 2018 – On June 19, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that gives small businesses more freedom to join together as a single group to purchase health insurance in the large group market or to self-insure. These benefit arrangements are called association health plans (AHPs). By forming AHPs, small…

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fees (PCORI Fees) due July 31, 2018

June 6, 2018 – This is a reminder your 2017 PCORI fee is due July 31, 2018. What is a PCORI fee? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to help patients, clinicians, payers and the public make informed health decisions by advancing comparative effectiveness research. The institute’s research is to…

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$6,900 Re-established as 2018 HSA Contribution Limit for Certain Individuals

April 27, 2018 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has re-established $6,900 as the 2018 health savings account (HSA) contribution limit for individuals with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (HDHP). This limit was previously announced as $6,900 in May 2017, but was revised to $6,850 in March 2018 due to an inflation…

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Enforcement of Electronic Logging Devices Begins April 1

Effective April 1, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a branch of the Department of Transportation, will begin enforcement of the following if a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver is found not using an electronic logging device (ELD) or automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD), which is required while operating a CMV. • The driver could be cited for not properly recording…

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Tax Reform Changes HSA Limit for Family Coverage

March 7, 2018 – In Internal Revenue Bulletin 2018-10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) describes changes to the limit on health savings accounts (HSAs) as prescribed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. For calendar year 2018, the annual limitation on deductions under Internal Revenue Code Section 223(b)(2)(B) for an individual with family coverage…

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Spending Resolution Affects ACA Taxes, Including Cadillac Tax

January 24, 2018 – On Jan. 22, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law a short-term continuing spending resolution to end the government shutdown and continue funding through Feb. 8, 2018. The continuing resolution impacts three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the continuing resolution: Delays implementation of the Cadillac tax…

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New Tax Law Includes Changes for Employee Benefits

January 5, 2018 – On Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Act). The Act makes significant changes to the federal Internal Revenue Code (Code), including changes that impact employee benefits. Effective for 2018: Employers cannot deduct expenses associated with qualified transportation fringe benefit programs; Employees cannot…

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DOT Adds Opioids to Drug Testing

The DOT has recently added opioids as one of the drugs tested for in the Federal Drug Testing Program. Does this concern you? If your organization’s Drug and Alcohol policy specifies the other drugs included in the policy, then you are required to add opioids to that list. If you do not include other drugs,…

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