IRS increases 2021 PCORI fee

    The annual Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plans ending between October 1, 2020, and October 1, 2021, is $2.66. This is an increase from the 2020 rate of $2.54.


    Deadline to provide employee ACA forms extended to March 2

    In Notice 2020-76, the IRS extended the January 31, 2021, deadline to submit 2020 employee 1095-B and 1095-C ACA forms to March 2, 2021. The Notice does not extend the deadlines for employers to file ACA forms with the IRS. 


    DOL releases marketplace notice

    Since 2013, employers have been responsible for providing employees one of two Insurance Marketplace notices summarizing their health insurance options. There is no annual obligation to provide the notice to all employees, rather employers must provide the notice to all new hires, regardless of...


    IRS to raise 2021 affordability rate

    The IRS recently raised the affordability threshold for the 2021 calendar year to 9.83% of household income from the 2020 threshold of 9.78%. This percentage is used to determine an individual’s eligibility for a premium tax credit and the affordability of employer-sponsored coverage. Failure to...


    Congress repeals several ACA taxes; PCORI tax reinstated

    Three tax provisions within the Affordable Care Act have been shuttered by recent congressional action, and the recently expired PCORI fee has been reinstated for another 10 years starting in 2020. Passed in both the House and Senate, the measures were signed into law by President Trump on December...


    4% ACA premium tax returns in 2020

    Self funded plans exempt from tax

    After a suspension in 2019, the health insurance tax, spawned by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will be reinstated in 2020. That tax affects fully insured medical, dental and vision coverage. (See a more complete list of affected coverages below.)