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Trump Signs Act Mandating Group Health Plans Cover COVID-19 Testing For Free

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) requiring group health plans to cover COVID-19 testing for free and without preauthorization.  This means no deductibles, no copays, and no coinsurance.  More details regarding the changes employers are required to make are explained in our Employee Benefits Update of March […]

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Preventive Care Can Now Be Covered for Specified Chronic Conditions Before HDHP Deductible

On July 17, 2019 the IRS released Notice 2019-45  resolving a preventive care problem that has been plaguing many high deductible health plans (“HDHPs.”).  The Affordable Care Act’s free preventive care mandate appears to be working.  People are catching medical problems sooner.  As a result, many employers have embraced the concept of free preventive care […]

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IRS Announces 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments

This post has been updated as of June 7, 2018, to reflect the revised maximum annual HSA contribution limit for family coverage set out in Revenue Procedures 2018-18 and 2018-27. The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2018 in Notice 2017-64 and related guidance.  The key dollar limits for qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans […]

Carryover Confusion: Chief Counsel Clears Up Rules on Health FSA Carryovers

Earlier this year, I blogged about how the IRS modified the health flexible spending account (“health FSA”) “use-it-or-lose-it” rule to allow carryovers of up to $500 to subsequent plan years.  This rule change caused some confusion.  Employers were asking, “what happens to an employee’s eligibility to contribute to a health savings account (“HSA”) if they […]

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