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IRS Ruling on Genetic Testing Services as Medical Care

On August 16th, 2019 the IRS ruled that taxpayers can now allocate the price of a DNA collection kit and related health services between non-medical ancestry services and health services in a private letter ruling. This will allow the cost of such services to be reimbursed by a health flexible spending account (FSA) or other…

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Medicare Part D Notification Requirements

Each year before October 15th, employers that sponsor group health plans with prescription drug benefits are required to notify their Medicare-Eligible participants and beneficiaries as to whether the drug coverage provided under their plan is “creditable” or “non-creditable.” Additional employer notification to CMS are required as well. Contact us with any questions on your notification…

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Upcoming Deadline for Massachusetts PFML

Updates have been made to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (“PFML”) which became effective on July 1st, 2019. The final regulations did not differ drastically, but employers should note the upcoming October 1st, 2019 employee tax withholding date. Please contact us on how to defer the tax withholding until January 2021. Download the…

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Anti-Assignment Clause Upheld Against Out-Of-Network Provider

A recent court case highlights the importance of ensuring that self-insured groups have plan documents that contain strong language that prohibits third parties from being assigned rights to pursue claims against such plans on behalf of a member. Download the PDF below to learn more.

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California Relaxes Registration Requirements for Opposite-Sex Domestic Partners

The state of California recently eliminated the requirement that at least one member of an opposite-sex couple be at least age 62 and eligible for Social Security benefits in order for the couple to register as domestic partners. This will go into effect on January 1, 2020 and could result in more employees enrolling a registered domestic…

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