Houston Chapter

If You’re Me, then Who Am I?.....Solution to life and identity theft issues for business owners and employees
February 10, 2016
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St. Louis Chapter

Open Enrollment: Challenges and Lessons Learned
February 17, 2016
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New York Chapter

The RFP Process and Benefit Plans: Considerations and Best Practices
February 18, 2016
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WEB Chapters Help Benefits Professionals Face the ACA Challenge

WEB Chapters sponsor both educational and networking events, generally every month. These events offer WEB members and nonmembers the opportunity to stay up to date on the latest trends, issues and solutions for managing benefits. What you learn at these events from the subject matter experts, including government officials, plan sponsors, benefits managers, attorneys and consultants, will help you in your job and career.

Among the challenges facing benefits professionals this year is how the Affordable Care Act will change benefits design, management and participant communications. Monitor the Chapter Events menu for more information on these and other activities sponsored by your local Chapter.

Featured Benefits Resources

WEB members can access benefits resources submitted by legal experts and others. Recent postings include:

Guide to Incentive Design and Increased Participation
Using wellness incentives to drive program participation and ongoing engagement can be effective, but can also be complicated. By utilizing smart business decisions and avoiding disputes with employees and unreasonable plan designs, you can use incentives to drive positive behavior change.

For the Second Time Ever, HIPAA Privacy Violations Result in Civil Money Penalties
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a ruling by an administrative law judge upholding penalties sought by HHS for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Under the ruling, a HIPAA covered entity must pay nearly $240,000 in penalties for violations of HIPAA's privacy requirements.

IRS Addresses 2015 Increase in Transportation Benefits
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-6, which provides guidance on changes to transit benefit limits under the Consolidated Appropriates Act, 2016.

HHS Addresses HIPAA Individual Rights in FAQ Guidance
On its newly redesigned website, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued FAQs addressing the individual right of access under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

FAST Act Repeals Automatic Three-and-a-Half Month Extension for Filing Form 5500s
President Obama signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) into law which, among other things, repeals the automatic three-and-a-half month extension of the due date for filing Form 5500 added by the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (Surface Transportation Act). This means that the automatic extension for filing Form 5500 remains at two-and-a-half months.

DOL Proposes Safe Harbor and Issues Interpretive Bulletin on State-Based Savings Programs
On November 16, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a regulation establishing a safe harbor for certain state-based savings programs (SSPs) established pursuant to state payroll deduction programs so that these SSPs are not considered pension plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). To date, California, Illinois and Oregon have adopted SSPs. The intent of the safe harbor is to reduce the risk of the state laws establishing SSPs being preempted by ERISA if and when they are challenged in court.

ACA Final Rules Expand Claims Procedure Rules and More
The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury have issued final regulations addressing several key requirements for group health plans and insurers added under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including preexisting condition exclusions, lifetime and annual dollar limits, coverage rescissions, coverage of dependents to age 26, internal claims and appeals, external review and more.

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