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Return of ACA tax comes with increase in premiums

A one-year moratorium on the ACA Health Insurance Tax (HIT) will expire at the end of the year, and fully insured health insurance premiums will rise as insurers scramble to recoup costs. Under the ACA, all health insurers are required to pay an annual fee roughly proportionate to their fully...

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Blue KC announces Amwell telemed visit increase

Amwell telehealth visits increase to $49 starting January 2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) announced telehealth services provided by American Well® (Amwell) will increase to $49 (from $39) per visit beginning January 1, 2018. 

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IRS sets 2018 limits for FSA, HSA, 401(k)

The IRS announced the 2018 contribution limits for multiple tax provisions, including cost-of-living adjustments for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and pension plan and 401(k) accounts. The limits for each have been increased to deliver greater tax-saving...

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New workers' compensation poster issued

Earlier this year, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations released a new workers' compensation poster. This poster should be displayed with the rest of your labor law posters in a place visible to all employees.

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DOL releases new Marketplace notice

A condition of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means employers required to provide new hires with an up-to-date copy of the Marketplace notice explaining coverage options and subsidy eligibility. Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a updated Marketplace notice that won't expire until...

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DOL rescinds guidance on independent contractors and joint employment

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently withdrew its 2015 and 2016 Administrator’s Interpretations giving informal guidance on independent contractors and joint employment.

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Wage and hour data requirement suspended on EEO-1 form

Report affects certain employers with 100-plus employees 

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Creditable Coverage notice is annual CMS requirement

Deadline for distribution is October 15; second disclosure deadline linked to plan year

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IRS lowers ACA affordability threshold for premium tax credit

The IRS recently lowered the 2018 affordability threshold to 9.56% of household income for purposes of determining eligibility for a premium tax credit. The 2017 rate was 9.69% of household income. This percentage is also used to determine the affordability of employer-sponsored coverage....

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New Form I-9 released

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of the Form I-9. The form, with a revision date of 07/17/17, will be mandatory as of September 18.

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