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September 30, 2022

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[Official Guidance]

Text of 2022 IRS Form 1095-A: Health Insurance Marketplace Statement (PDF)

"This Form 1095-A provides information you need to complete Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit (PTC)."  MORE >>

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

[Official Guidance]

Text of IRS Publication 5164: Test Package for Electronic Filers of ACA Information Returns (AIR), Processing Year 2023 (PDF)

18 pages, rev. Sep. 2022. "[This document] contains general and program specific testing information for use with ACA Assurance Testing System (AATS).... Software Developers must pass IRS AATS scenarios for the forms and tax year that the software package will support.... Transmitters and Issuers must pass a one-time communication test for the forms they will file."  MORE >>

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon Employers Required to Provide Public Health Emergency Leave to San Francisco Employees

"Requiring employers to provide additional paid leave to employees during certain public health emergencies -- including Spare the Air days -- Proposition G is not tied to the COVID-19 pandemic or other specific health emergency, unlike prior leave laws. Voted into law by San Franciscans in June 2022, the new ordinance goes into effect on October 1, 2022."  MORE >>

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

AHA, AMA Dismiss Surprise Billing Rule Lawsuit, Plan Further Legal Action

"The American Hospital Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) filed a motion to dismiss their lawsuit challenging the federal government's final rule on surprise billing released last year, but cautioned more litigation is pending. The health care lobbying groups say the August 2022 final rule on arbitration still poses concerns for providers."  MORE >>

aequum

Trends in Prescription Drug Spending, 2016-2021 (PDF)

13 pages. "In 2021, the U.S. health care system spent $603 billion on prescription drugs, before accounting for rebates, of which $421 billion was on retail drugs. Spending growth on drugs was largely due to growth in spending per prescription, and to a lesser extent by increased utilization (i.e., more prescriptions). Expenditure growth was larger for non-retail drug expenditures (25%) than for retail expenditures (13%).... Drug spending is heavily driven by a relatively small number of high-cost products."  MORE >>

Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation [ASPE], U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS]

Price Increases for Prescription Drugs, 2016-2022 (PDF)

"In January 2022, the average price increase was nearly $150 per drug (10.0 percent), and in July 2022, it was $250 (7.8 percent). The dollar increases were larger than for the same months in previous years. In 2022, several drugs increased their list prices by more than $20,000 or by more than 500 percent. There were 1,216 products whose price increases during the twelve-month period from July 2021 to July 2022 exceeded the inflation rate of 8.5 percent for that time period. The average price increase for these drugs was 31.6 percent."  MORE >>

Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation [ASPE], U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS]

Inflation's Impact on 2023 Open Enrollment

"Employers can take steps now to help their employees better understand their benefits options and make more informed decisions.... [1] Communicate with employees about benefits early.... [2] Use multiple communication channels.... [3] Employ clear language and personalized messaging.... [4] Highlight the services that come with coverage."  MORE >>

Bolton

Consolidation Trends and Impacts in Health Care Markets

"This report summarizes findings of an environmental scan on consolidation trends and impacts in health care markets. It describes the evidence on price, spending, quality of care, access, and wages in health care provider and insurance markets, as well as other market trends. The authors found strong evidence that hospital horizontal consolidation is associated with higher prices paid to providers and some evidence of the same for vertical consolidation of hospitals and physician practices. Health care spending is likely to increase in tandem with these price increases."  MORE >>

RAND Corporation

[Opinion]

Implementing the Drug Negotiation Provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act: Considerations for CMS

"While other nations have decades of experience in drug price regulation, the IRA creates a new challenge for Medicare’s administrators. How it carries out this work will have important implications for stakeholders and is critical to determining whether this new authority can be sustained or, as some may hope, built upon to regulate additional drug prices."  MORE >>

Health Affairs Forefront

Benefits in General

[Official Guidance]

IRS Disaster Relief Announcement FL-2022-19, for Victims of Hurricane Ian in Florida

"Victims of Hurricane Ian that began September 23 in Florida now have until February 15, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.... Individuals and households affected by Hurricane Ian that reside or have a business anywhere in the state of Florida qualify for tax relief."  MORE >>

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

Senate Confirms Lisa Gomez as EBSA Leader

"More than 14 months after her nomination, the Senate on [September 29] confirmed Lisa M. Gomez as assistant secretary of labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA] in a 49-36 vote."  MORE >>

Pensions & Investments

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Junior Implementation Specialist - 401(k) Administration
            for Ubiquity Retirement + Savings

Junior Implementation Specialist - 401(k) Administration

Ubiquity Retirement + Savings

Remote / San Francisco CA

View job as Junior Implementation Specialist - 401(k) Administration for Ubiquity Retirement + Savings

View job as Internal Sales Consultant
            for Definiti

Internal Sales Consultant

Definiti

Remote

View job as Internal Sales Consultant for Definiti

View job as Retirement Services Analyst
            for Sacramento County Employees' Retirement System

Retirement Services Analyst

Sacramento County Employees' Retirement System

Sacramento CA

View job as Retirement Services Analyst for Sacramento County Employees' Retirement System

View job as Retirement Services Supervisor
            for Sacramento County Employees' Retirement System

Retirement Services Supervisor

Sacramento County Employees' Retirement System

Sacramento CA

View job as Retirement Services Supervisor for Sacramento County Employees' Retirement System

View job as Offboarding Terminations Manager
            for Guideline, Inc.

Offboarding Terminations Manager

Guideline, Inc.

Remote / AZ / CA / CO / CT / FL / GA / IA / ID / IL / IN / KY / MA / MD / ME / MI / MO / NC / NH / NJ / NV / NY / OH / OR / PA / RI / SC / TN / TX / UT / WA

View job as Offboarding Terminations Manager for Guideline, Inc.

View job as Compliance Analyst
            for Insperity

Compliance Analyst

Insperity

Kingwood TX

View job as Compliance Analyst for Insperity

View job as Fund Administrator
            for Pipefitters Local 537 Trust Fund

Fund Administrator

Pipefitters Local 537 Trust Fund

Boston MA

View job as Retirement Plan Compliance Testing Specialist
            for Associated Bank - Associated Trust Company, NA

Retirement Plan Compliance Testing Specialist

Associated Bank - Associated Trust Company, NA

Remote / WI

View job as Retirement Plan Compliance Testing Specialist for Associated Bank - Associated Trust Company, NA

View job as Actuary
            for Alerus

Actuary

Alerus

Remote

View job as Actuary for Alerus

View job as Specialist I, RPS Recordkeeping, Retirement Plan Services
            for 1st Source Bank

Specialist I, RPS Recordkeeping, Retirement Plan Services

1st Source Bank

South Bend IN

View job as Specialist I, RPS Recordkeeping, Retirement Plan Services for 1st Source Bank

View job as 401(k) Plan Administrator
            for TPA

401(k) Plan Administrator

TPA

Remote

Press Releases

Surya Kolluri Named Head of TIAA Institute

TIAA

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Overpayment Recoveries by Health Insurers: Bringing and Defending Claims, Evaluating Merits, Scope of Recovery

October 6, 2022 WEBCAST

Strafford

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Can You Save Too Much in a Health Savings Account?

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Willis Towers Watson

State of U.S. Health Insurance in 2022: Biennial Survey

The Commonwealth Fund

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