Volume 5, Number 10



Health Care Reform Updates
What About the November 5 HPID Deadline? Forget It.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Last Friday, October 31, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that registration for a health plan identification number has been indefinitely delayed. 

This means that contrary to all the reminders, webinars, articles and sample forms with instructions, self-funded health plans can cease current action and wait for future guidance as to when the process can be finished. Click here for an article describing the announcement.



The Skinny on Skinny Plans

Kaiser Health News


For years, the benefits community has been in disagreement over whether plans offering only preventive services qualify as minimum essential coverage. 

On November 4, the U.S. Treasury Department confirmed that such plans do not constitute minimum essential coverage. 

Kaiser Health News has provided an explanation of the Treasury Department comments, and what this means for employers now offering such plans, which can be accessed by clicking here.



IRS Raises Contribution Cap for FSAs

Employee Benefits Corporation


The IRS recently announced the annual contribution limit for health FSAs will be raised from $2,500 to $2,550. The change on the health FSA cap is for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.  

For employers that have set the maximum health FSA election at a specific dollar amount, they will need to amend their cafeteria plans to change the health FSA maximum to a different amount up to the $2,550 amount, if they so choose. For more information, click here.


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We have added some great content to HCTrends. If you haven't checked in with HCTrends lately, click on the link in the Archive sidebar to find this newly posted information.

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Industry Lauds EEOC Court Decision, Wellness Battle Continues

Employee Benefits News


In a decision that's being hailed as a victory for employer-sponsored

wellness programs, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota denied the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Honeywell International Inc. Read more here. 

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BSG Events  

BSG Recognized with The Milwaukee Business Journal's 2014 Healthiest Employer Award

BSG's wellness program helps employees understand how fit they are relative to others their age and gender, based on a scored fitness assessment (performance in the areas of sit ups, push-ups, pull ups and a walk/run). In January, BSG's overall Rival Rating was 108 (a score of 100 is average), increasing to 123 by July. BSG's goal is to achieve 135 by the end of the year. Jerry Frye, BSG's President and owner, is fully engaged in the program and he along with BSG's other senior leaders, encourage employees to participate via regular communications and public recognition of employees who achieve wellness program milestones.  According to Mr. Frye, "We are working to build a strong culture at BSG that supports employee health and well-being."  Click here to read about a BSG employee's wellness success story.











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