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IRS Increases Health FSA Contribution Limit for 2018, Adjusts Other Benefit Limits

October 23, 2017

On October 20, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-58, which raises the health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) salary reduction contribution limit by $50 to $2,650 for plan years beginning in 2018. The Revenue Procedure also contains the cost-of-living adjustments that apply to dollar limitations in certain sections of the Internal Revenue Code.  The following summarizes other adjustments relevant to individuals and employer sponsors of welfare and fringe benefit plans.

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Top Questions and Answers Newsletter

October 17, 2017

Including “No Visa Sponsorship” in Job Postings

Question: We would like to include the following statement in our job postings: “We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.” Would this be considered a discriminatory practice?

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President Trump Issues Executive Order on ACA, Separately Attempts to End Cost-Sharing Payments to Insurers

October 17, 2017

On October 12, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the federal agencies in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to propose new regulations or revise existing guidance to expand access to association health plans (AHPs), short-term insurance plans, and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).  While the order directs the agencies to consider changes that would have a sweeping effect on the health insurance industry, it has no immediate effect – any changes in rules or regulations will be subject to standard notice and comment periods.

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Trump Administration Releases Guidance on ACA’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

October 10, 2017

On October 6, 2017, The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury, and Labor (the “Departments”) released interim final regulations allowing employers and insurance companies to decline to cover contraceptives under their health plans based on a religious or moral objection. The new rules – which are effective immediately – scale back Obama-era regulations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that require non-grandfathered group health plans to cover women’s contraceptives with no cost-sharing, with limited exceptions for non-profit religious organizations or closely-held for-profit entities.

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