Employers subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) information reporting requirements are reminded that the deadline to electronically file ACA information returns with the IRS is quickly approaching.
The reporting deadlines in 2017 are for the 2016 calendar year, and are as follows:
Note: Employers filing 250 or more Forms 1095-B or 1095-C are required to electronically file them with the IRS.
Additional information on electronic filing can be found on the IRS's ACA Information Returns (AIR) Program webpage.
Update:Hartford HealthCare Renews Contract
We have reached a multi-year agreement that will keep all Hartford HealthCare hospitals and physicians in UnitedHealthcare’s network for employer-sponsored, individual and Medicare health plans.
We appreciate our relationship with Hartford HealthCare and recognize the important role they play as a local provider of health care services.
We’d like to thank our customers for their support throughout this process and are honored to continue supporting the nearly 500,000 individuals across Connecticut who depend on us for access to quality and affordable health care.
UnitedHealthcare members who have questions are encouraged to contact us by calling the number on their health plan ID card.
As part of UHC's strategy to provide plan participants with access to comprehensive and affordable health care services, we're currently negotiating a new agreement with Hartford HealthCare.
We're continuing our efforts to negotiate a new contract before the official termination date of April 15, 2017 that is acceptable to both parties and meets our commitment to keep health care affordable.
If our current agreement with Hartford HealthCare terminates, the following facilities will no longer participate for both UnitedHealthcare and Oxford commercial products:
Please keep in mind the following points:
United Healthcare will continue to work toward a positive outcome of affordable health care for our employers and their plan participants, and will keep you informed on the status of negotiations.
With the understanding that some employers may find it difficult to comply with the notice requirement absent additional guidance, the agency has decided to provide businesses with additional time to furnish this initial document to eligible employees. Therefore, those offering a Qualified Small Employer HRA (QSEHRA) are not required to distribute such communication/notification until after further guidance has been issued by Treasury.
Note: Employers that supply the QSEHRA notice to their employees in the interim, may rely upon a reasonable good faith interpretation of the statute without penalty.
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Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have released the American Health Care Act, a bill which seeks to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The primary House committees with jurisdiction over health care—Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means—will begin deliberating the bill on Wednesday, March 8. Significant changes to this proposed bill are expected.
Until this legislation—or any other proposed ACA "repeal and replace" legislation—is passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Trump, all existing ACA requirements remain in effect, including penalties for noncompliance.
Click here to download the text of the proposed American Health Care Act. An overview of the proposed legislation is also available, as well as section-by-section summaries from the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has extended the effective date of its model Health Insurance Exchange Notices through March 31, 2017. Previously, these model notices expired on February 28, 2017. No other changes have been made to these notices.
Click here to access the model notices with the new expiration date. Please note that there are separate notices for employers that do and do not offer a health plan.
These model notices are the most current versions provided by EBSA. For further guidance regarding these notices, please contact EBSA at 1-866-444-3272.
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