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Employee Benefits Jobs

401(k) Compliance Consultant
for The Savitz Organization in PA

401(k) Plan Administrator
for Platinum Pension Group, LLC in MA

Account Manager
for Schuster Driscoll, LLC in CT

Plan Administrator
for Capital Retirement Plan Services in FL

Employee Benefits Plan Auditor
for National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in VA

Experienced Litigator
for Washington, DC Law Firm in DC

Internal Sales Consultant
for Transamerica in IL, OH

Defined Benefit Plan Administrator
for Stephen H. Rosen and Associates, Inc., a United Retirement Company in NJ

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[Guidance Overview]
Medicare Part D Notices Distribution Deadline Moved Up to October 15
"In prior years, the notice had to be distributed prior to November 15; but because the Medicare Part D annual enrollment period now runs from October 15 to December 7, beginning this year you must distribute the annual notices before October 15." (Warner Norcross & Judd LLP)

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[Guidance Overview]
IRS Explains When Special Foods Will Qualify as Medical Care Expenses
"Although this information letter discusses the medical expense deduction, its analysis may also be helpful in determining whether special foods will qualify for reimbursement under a health FSA and HRA or for a tax-free distribution from an HSA." (Thomson Reuters/EBIA)

[Guidance Overview]
Seattle Ordinance Requires Businesses to Provide Paid Sick and Safe Days to Workers
"Employers in Seattle that employ at least five full-time employees . . . must provide paid sick and safe day leave. The rates of accrual and maximum caps depend on an employer's tier or size . . . ." (Jackson Lewis LLP)

Obama Administration Must Make Risky Health Care Reform Law Decision
"Obama administration lawyers face a decision by Monday that carries a high political risk and will probably determine whether the Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of the healthcare law before next year's presidential election." (Los Angeles Times)

Health Care Reform Law Penalties for Employers Not Yet Set
"[I]t's possible—depending on how regulators interpret a murky provision of the law imposing a $2,000 per-employee penalty on employers that do not offer coverage—that the penalty only would be imposed if coverage is not extended to employees. 'Our reading of the statute is that employers are required to offer coverage only to full-time employees,' consultant Aon Hewitt Inc. wrote in a letter to the IRS." (Business Insurance)

Health Reform Exchange Partnership Opportunities Expanded
"The HHS noted that 'some states have expressed a preference for a flexible state partnership model combining state-designed and operated business functions with federally-designed and operated business functions.'" (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business / CCH)

Insurers and Patients Wrestle with Payment and Care Issues and Strategies
"News outlets report on a variety of issues reflecting the insurance hassles patients sometimes face and the efforts by insurance companies to find profits in better-coordinated care." (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

Focus on Local Public Employee Reforms That Offer Incentives for Healthy Lifestyle Choices
"Officials in King County, Wash. (which includes Seattle), just announced that health care costs for the county's 13,000 employees would be $23 mil.lion—or more than 6 percent—less than anticipated this year. And next year, the savings are expected to grow to $38 mil.lion. The savings are tied to the county's Healthy Incentives benefit plan, which was launched in 2005." (Governing)

Variations in Amenable Mortality: Trends in 16 High-Income Nations
"The rate of 'mortality amenable to health care'—that is, deaths that are considered preventable with timely and effective health care—declined for people under age 75 across 16 high-income nations between 1997–1998 and 2006–2007. While all countries showed improvement, the United States improved the least." (The Commonwealth Fund)

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