Category Archives: Affordable Care Act

Boon Buzz: Benefit News for Spring 2019

April showers bring May flowers, and the world of benefits is also in full bloom! Here’s your spring refresher on the latest regulations, data, and more! Read on to learn more: 1. DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2019 In … Continue reading

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Boon’s Top 5 Healthcare and Wellness Headlines of 2019, So Far

We’re only a few months into 2019 and already the world of health and wellness is buzzing. From seasonal sickness to exciting political moves in the healthcare world, here are the top five headlines that should be on your radar. … Continue reading

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Boon Buzz: 2018 ACA Reporting Deadline is Near!

The final deadline for electronic filing 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) reports is April 1, 2019. This will be the final deadline for the reporting season. Per Sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Service Code, certain employers are … Continue reading

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ACA Affordability Percentages Increase for 2019

The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2018-34 on May 21, 2018. This action is intended to determine the affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by indexing the contribution percentages in 2019. So what does this do? … Continue reading

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HHS Publishes Final Rule on ACA Nondiscrimination Provisions

On May 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published the final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 contains the nondiscrimination provisions of the ACA, which … Continue reading

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Uncertain Future for Upcoming Supreme Court Cases

With the death of Justice Scalia on February 13, the Supreme Court has been thrown off-balance. Continue reading

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Modernizing Payment Processing Methods in the Health Care Industry

Today’s health care environment has grown increasingly complex due to compliance requirements that were introduced as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among other initiatives, the ACA included an industry mandate for the development and use of a HIPAA-compliant Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) standard for electronic claims payments. The law also increased transparency by implementing Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) requirements that limit a health plan’s ability to pass increased administrative costs on to plan participants. Continue reading

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