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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

September 29, 2021

4 New Job Opportunities


[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon HDHP Spending Flexibility Permitted Under the CARES Act Expires December 31

"The CARES Act permitted HDHPs to cover telehealth without a deductible or with a deductible below the minimum annual deductible otherwise required by the Internal Revenue Code.... Notice 2020-15 [states] that until further notice, HDHPs could cover the testing and treatment of COVID-19 with no deductible or with a lower deductible than the applicable HDHP minimum."  MORE >>


PBM Regulatory Landscape Roundup

"[T]he Supreme Court's decision in [Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association] encouraged state efforts to expand regulation of pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) ... [T]his year has already seen an aggressive round of state legislation that aims to expand regulation in this area.... [T]he forthcoming decision in a recently re-argued Eighth Circuit case challenging two North Dakota PBM laws may end up putting the kibosh on any further attempts by states to enter the PBM regulation space for the time being."  MORE >>


HSA Contribution Limits and Other Requirements

"If your employer offers a health savings account (HSA) option as part of its benefits package, don't dismiss it out of hand just because you're not familiar with how they work. After doing a little research, you might discover that an HSA is the way to go.... If you're thinking of adjusting your 2021 HSA contributions for the last few months of this year, note that the 2021 HSA contribution limits are lower than the 2022 amounts."  MORE >>


Benefits in General

Form 5500 Filings: Steps to Avoid Costly Penalties

"Plans that file under the [Delinquent Filer Voluntary Correction Program (DFVCP)] are eligible for reduced civil penalties related to late filing.... The program does not apply to plans covering only self-employed individuals or sole owners (including spouses)."  MORE >>

Withum Smith+Brown, PC

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Assistant Retirement Plan/HR Administrator
for Columbia Benefits, LLC Assistant Retirement Plan/HR Administrator

Columbia Benefits, LLC

Remote / Denver CO

View job as Financial Analyst (Pathways, Recent Graduate)
for Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation [PBGC] Financial Analyst (Pathways, Recent Graduate)

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation [PBGC]

Remote / Washington DC

View job as Plan Administrator/ Consulting
for Associated Pension Consultants Plan Administrator/ Consulting

Associated Pension Consultants

Chico CA / Sacramento CA

View job as Plan Administrator
for Retirement Plan Specialists, Inc. Plan Administrator

Retirement Plan Specialists, Inc.

Remote / Oviedo FL

Selected New Discussions

Correcting Delinquent Employer Contributions to HSA After Tax Return Due Date Has Passed

"IRS Notice 2008-59 (Q&A 21) states that employers can make HSA contributions for a prior tax year, if the contribution is made by the federal tax return due date (without extensions). What can an employer do to correct delinquent contributions if the tax return due date has already passed for the previous year?"

BenefitsLink Message Boards

Press Releases

Empower Retirement Seeks to Bolster Expansion with New Hires

Empower Retirement

Realogy Adds Industry-First Retirement Plan Offering to Exclusive Benefits Program for All Realogy Affiliated Real Estate Agents


NFP Acquires FindMyBenefits, Further Expanding Employee Benefits Business

NFP Corp.

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Deadlines to Amend Cafeteria Plans and FSAs Are Approaching

September 30, 2021 WEBCAST

Groom Law Group

Virtual Fall 2021 Policy Conference

October 5, 2021 WEBCAST

ERIC [ERISA Industry Committee]

Transparency and No Surprises Act: Compliance Considerations for Group Health Plans

October 20, 2021 WEBCAST

NFP Corp.

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Health Care Reform Compliance Checklist for Plan Sponsors (PDF)

Snell & Wilmer

An Update on the Rules for Healthcare FSAs and DCAPs

Willis Towers Watson

Preview of 2021-2022 Compensation, Retirement and Benefits Trends Survey

Newport Group

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BenefitsLink Retirement Plans Newsletter, ISSN no. 1536-9587.

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