April Is Awareness Month for Autism Spectrum Disorder

April is designated as National Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. These observances are intended to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 88 children in the United States have ASD, and the diagnosis is far more…

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

We felt that with March being an awareness month for an illness that has been recently recognized by the new legislation regarding the funding or of its screening procedures. Part of the Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover colorectal screening first dollar with no large out of pocket for the insured. Please read on…

BenefitsBuzz

DID YOU KNOW On Jan. 15, 2014, a federal district court rejected a challenge to Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies in the case Halbig v. Sebelius. The lawsuit challenged the ability of the federal government to provide tax credits under the ACA to individuals in states that did not establish their own Exchanges (that is,…

Give a hand for Frank’s heart

Please join us Giving a Hand for Frank’s Heart ~ live music ~ delicious food ~ beer, wine , pop ~ desserts ~ 50/50 raffle ~ baskets ~ face painting ~ fun for the kids ~ All proceeds will go to Frank to help with his mounting medical bills that have and will continue to…

Benefits Bulletin

Final Rule Implementing Mental Health Parity Rules On Nov. 8, 2013, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (the Departments) jointly issued a final rule implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). & IRS Modifies FSA “Use-or-lose” Rules A big change to the rules governing…

DID YOU KNOW

On Dec. 16, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2014-1 to provide guidance on employee benefit plan elections for same-sex spouses. The ruling addresses cafeteria plans, FSAs and HSAs. An employee’s same-sex spouse may now receive benefits through a cafeteria plan. Employees may also make mid-year changes to their cafeteria plan elections, based on the…

Know Your Benefits

When are individuals of the same sex lawfully married for federal tax purposes?  For federal tax purposes, the IRS looks to state or foreign law to determine whether individuals are married. Same-sex couples who are legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. This rule applies…

Exchange Enrollment and Premium Deadlines Extended

  On Dec. 12, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an interim final rule to extend the enrollment and payment deadlines for consumers purchasing coverage through an Exchange. The rule: • Formalizes HHS’ previously announced policy that gives individuals and small employers an extra eight days, until Dec. 23, 2013, to…