OSHA Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers is Not Dead Yet

by: Jessica Waltman, Principal, Forward Health Consulting On January 25, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) announced that they are withdrawing the Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that was adopted in November 2021, effective immediately. However, OSHA specifically notes that they are exclusively withdrawing the policy as an “enforceable emergency temporaryContinue reading “OSHA Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers is Not Dead Yet”

DOL FAQs Address Coverage for Colonoscopies and Birth Control

By: Jessica Waltman, Principal, Forward Health Consulting The ACA requires non-grandfathered health plans to pay for “preventive care” on a first-dollar basis, meaning that no copays, coinsurance, or deductibles can be charged for certain services defined as “preventive” under these rules.  In the same recent FAQs requiring health plans to pay for the cost ofContinue reading “DOL FAQs Address Coverage for Colonoscopies and Birth Control”

Supreme Court Strikes Down Vaccine or Testing Mandate for Large Employers, Upholds Requirement for Healthcare Workplaces

By: Jessica Waltman, Forward, Principal Health Consulting On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) voted to block the continued enforcement of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring large employers to either require all employees to obtain their COVID–19 vaccinations or submit to weekly virusContinue reading “Supreme Court Strikes Down Vaccine or Testing Mandate for Large Employers, Upholds Requirement for Healthcare Workplaces”

Biden Administration Announces 2023 Out-of-Pocket Limits and PCORI Fee for the Upcoming Year

By: Jennifer Berman, CEO, MZQ Consulting The Biden Administration recently announced the new out-of-pocket (OOP) limits that will apply to group and individual health plans during the 2023 plan year, as well as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee for plan or policy years ending on or after October 1, 2021, and before OctoberContinue reading “Biden Administration Announces 2023 Out-of-Pocket Limits and PCORI Fee for the Upcoming Year”

Health Plans Must Pay 100 Percent of the Cost for Over-the-Counter COVID Testing

By: Jennifer Berman, CEO, MZQ Consulting On January 10, the Department of Labor issued FAQs establishing new requirements for health plans to pay for over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests as preventive care. The new guidance, which applies to both fully insured and self-funded health plans, will go into effect for tests purchased on or after JanuaryContinue reading “Health Plans Must Pay 100 Percent of the Cost for Over-the-Counter COVID Testing”

Good Faith Compliance Standard Announced for Broker Compensation Disclosure Requirements

By: Jennifer Berman, CEO, MZQ Consulting Among its many new requirements for employee benefit plans, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) created new compensation disclosure requirements related to group health plans. Specifically, the new rules require brokers and consultants anticipated to earn $1,000 or more in direct or indirect compensation related to group health plansContinue reading “Good Faith Compliance Standard Announced for Broker Compensation Disclosure Requirements”

Enforcement of OSHA COVID-19 Mandate Set to Begin January 10

By: Jennifer Berman, CEO, MZQ Consulting On Friday, December 17, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision allowing OSHA to enforce its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for employers with 100 or more employees.  This decision reverses an earlier ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals which created a nationwide stay on theContinue reading “Enforcement of OSHA COVID-19 Mandate Set to Begin January 10”

ACA Reporting Deadline Extended and the End of “Good Faith” Compliance

By: Jennifer Berman, CEO, MZQ Consulting On November 22, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations that introduce significant changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting process for both large and small employers.  These changes specifically impact the Form 1095-B & Form 1095-C distribution deadline and good faith transition relief. Automatic ExtensionContinue reading “ACA Reporting Deadline Extended and the End of “Good Faith” Compliance”

OSHA Suspends Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate

By: Jennifer Berman, CEO, MZQ Consulting As we have previously shared, the fate of OSHA’s COVID-19 mandate for large employers will ultimately be decided by the federal courts.  Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed its prior decision blocking the mandate from going into effect until the legal issues could be decided onContinue reading “OSHA Suspends Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate”

2022 Health FSA Limits Published

On November 10, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Procedure 2021-45 that sets forth various 2022 tax-related limits that have been adjusted for inflation. The table below identifies updates to the 2022 health and fringe benefit plan limits addressed in the notice: Benefit 2021 2022 Maximum Annual Employee Contribution to a Health Flexible SpendingContinue reading “2022 Health FSA Limits Published”