According to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) passed in 1974, employers offering health and welfare benefits (health, dental and/or vision plans, AD&D/Term/Disability Insurance, wellness programs, etc) are required to provide plan participants with a Summary Plan Description (SPD) that clearly outlines details about the plan, its administration, and its benefits and claims process. (Click here to learn more about SPD documents).

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) trust fund fee was established by the Affordable Care Act and is assessed for each plan year ending after September 30, 2012 and before October 1st, 2019. The fee is applicable on sponsors of self-insured plans and is intended to help fund medical research.

 

Essential StaffCARE has prepared a helpful guide to understanding and calculating PCORI fees.

Please review the guide here.

Reporting of Offers of Health Insurance Coverage by Employers (Forms 1094/1095) is well under way.  As such, employers are no doubt scrambling to complete the forms in a timely and accurate way in order to avoid costly IRS penalties.

 To help get through the reporting season, the following are a few things to keep in mind as you proceed through the often daunting and confusing reporting process.

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