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    House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills

    On March 6, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued two bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process.

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    Top 10 Workplace Discrimination Claims

    In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) resolved more than 97,443 workplace discrimination claims—securing more than $482 million from employers in the private and public sectors as a result of these claims. Discrimination lawsuits can be very time-consuming and expensive for employers, and can result in a loss of employee morale or reputation within the community.

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    Understanding Your W-2 Form

    Knowing how to read a Form W-2 can help you understand your total overall compensation, and also help you get a head start when preparing your taxes.

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    Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court

    A federal court has ruled that the overtime rule will not take effect on Dec. 1 as scheduled.

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    Retirement Plan Limits For The Tax Year 2017

    On October 27, 2017, the IRS announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for retirement related items for tax year 2017.

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    10 EEOC Tips for Small Businesses

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1964 to eradicate discrimination in employment.

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    Health Savings Account (HSA) Contribution Limits for Spouses

    Federal tax law imposes strict limits on how much can be contributed to a health savings account (HSA) each year.

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    2016 Benefit Trends So Far

    As the second half of 2016 begins, it is important to look at the benefits industry trends that have emerged thus far. Acknowledging and responding to these trends can help you recruit and retain talented employees and help you position yourself for a more productive 2017.

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    Fair Labor Standards Act Reference Guide

    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in federal, state and local governments.

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    DOL Issues New Overtime Payment Rules

    On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule regarding overtime wage payment qualifications for the “white collar exemptions” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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    IRS Announces HSA/HDHP Limits for 2017

    The new contribution limits for HSAs become effective. The only change for 2017 is the $50 increase to the contribution limit for individuals with self-only HDHP coverage. 

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    Top 10 Workplace Discrimination Claims

    In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) resolved more than 90,000 workplace discrimination claims—securing more than $525 million from employers in the private and public sectors as a result of these claims. Discrimination lawsuits can be very time-consuming and expensive for employers, and can result in a loss of employee morale or reputation within the community.

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    5 Important HR Issues To Monitor for 2016

    Employers who are not prepared to comply with new employment laws may face civil fines, criminal penalties, administrative complaints, potential litigation and reputational harm.

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    The Individual Mandate

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most individuals to obtain acceptable health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members or pay a penalty. This rule, which took effect in 2014, is often referred to as the “individual mandate.” Individuals may be eligible for an exemption from the penalty in certain circumstances. This Legislative Brief provides an overview of the ACA’s individual mandate.

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    What You Need to Know About Forms 1095-B and 1095-C

    In early 2016, many employees will receive two important new tax forms. In general, you will receive a Form 1095-B if you were enrolled in your employer’s health plan in 2015. You will receive Form 1095-C if you were a full-time employee of a large employer at any time during 2015.

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    ACA Reporting Deadlines Delayed

    On Dec. 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-4 to delay the due dates for filing and furnishing forms under Section 6055 and 6056.

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    The Benefit of Benefits

    Benefits packages offer value to your employees and help you boost productivity and retention in a cost effective manner.

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    What Happens if an Employee Misses Open Enrollment?

    Open enrollment can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming time for both you and your employees. It is typically the only time during the year in which employees can make changes to their benefits choices, such as adding or dropping coverage, adding or dropping dependents, or enrolling in benefits for the first time.

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    Prescription Drug Trends

    As prescription drug costs continue to increase, it is important for employers to understand the trends behind prescription drug costs and what they can do to better manage their health care expenses.

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    Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

    Choosing the appropriate place of care ensures prompt medical attention and lower costs.

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    10 Reasons to Love a Health Savings Account

    A Health Savings Account (HSA) is an easily understood tool that offers consumers a very manageable way to take control of their health investments. It puts all of the financial incentives in the right place to encourage the consumer to make healthier lifestyle choices, better health care-related financial decisions, and to invest and save money over time for future medical needs. 

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    U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Changes to FLSA White Collar Exemption Rules

    On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule to modify the “white collar exemptions” provided by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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    COBRA Eligibility

    How do I know who is eligible for COBRA and when?

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    401(k) and Roth 401(k) Basics

    What's the difference between a 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)?

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    State and Federal Labor Laws

    Does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affect me as an employer? What effect does it have on state and federal labor laws? What aspects of the FLSA should an employer consider?

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    Hiring to Fit Your Company Culture

    Poor hiring decisions can be extremely costly for your company, in terms of business interruption, lower employee morale, wasted recruiting and training resources, and more.

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    Individual Mandate Exemptions

    If you don't have coverage, you are not only responsible for paying your health care expenses out of pocket, but you will also have to pay a penalty.

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    Understanding Your W-2 Form

    Knowing how to read a Form W-2, or Wage and Tax Statement, can help you understand your total oerall compensation, and also help you get a head start when preparing your taxes.

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    New Year

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2015!

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    EF-myHR Press Release

    Introducing the EF-myHR Mobile App!

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    Happy Halloween!

    We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

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    Happy National Boss Day!

    We hope you had a wonderful National Boss Day!

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    Employer Flexible Strengthens Footprint with New North Texas Office

    Employer Flexible announces it has recently moved into a new regional office in Plano, Texas, an upsizing aimed at better aligning key resources with client organizations in the North Texas market, as well as accommodating the firm’s aggressive growth plan.

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    Knowledge Series Workshop: Small Steps for Bigger Business Impact

    In this free workshop from Employer Flexible, organizational development consultant Tim McKenzie will share insights and best practices designed to help you improve on last year’s trajectory through small steps. Learn how to build a more powerful strategy, set well-designed goals and gain a new outlook on taking the small steps toward success.

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    Employer Flexible Offices Closed on Labor Day 9/1/2014

    Employer Flexible offices will be closed on Monday, September 1st, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.

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    Knowledge Series Workshops: Microsoft Experience Center Sessions

    Empact IT, an Employer Flexible company invites you to a Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) session! 

    Register for a session today!

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    Opening Day: Employer Flexible Goes All-In with New Headquarters

    Employer Flexible officially opened its new corporate headquarters today in a move that aims to make client access to the company’s quickly growing resources more efficient.

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    Webinar: Branding and the Power of 10

    Jonathan Fisher, chairman of brand experience firm BrandExtract will present strategies and tactics for measuring, managing and leveraging your brand to increase your ROI.

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    Memorial Day

    Employer Flexible offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, 2014 in observance of Memorial Day. Our offices will resume normal schedules on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

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    Knowledge Series Events

    Knowledge Series events brought to you by Employer Flexible. Sign up today for one in your area!

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    Knowledge Series Events - Aligning Technology with Business: Predictive IT

    Empact IT CIO, Joe Alapat and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Vincent Tran will discuss the impact of technology on your business and the decisions you can make to align your strategy with your business goals.

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    The BusinessMakers - Interview with Michael Hopkins

    Russ from The BusinessMakers Radio Show interviews Michael Hopkins, co-founder of Employer Flexible.

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    Let's get social!

    Connect with Employer Flexible and Empact IT via Social Media!

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    New Year, New You!

    Are you ready for 2014? These tips will help you discover a new (and improved!) you. 

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    Upcoming Holidays

    Employer Flexible offices closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Happy Holidays!

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    Free Health Care Reform White Paper

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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Employer Flexible wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Knowledge Series Events

    A little knowledge goes a long way. View our Knowledge Series page for upcoming events!

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    2013 Aggie 100

    Congratulations to all of the Companies that made the 2013 Aggie 100 list!

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    Employer Flexible ranks #7 on HBJ's Best Places to Work List

    Congratulations to all the companies that made the 2013 list. Employer Flexible is proud to have ranked #7 on the list!

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    Houston's Best Places to Work

    Employer Flexible is one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Houston!

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    Inc. 500 I 5000

    Employer Flexible made the Inc. 500 | 500 List for the 3rd consecutive year!

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    101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For - Houston

    Employer Flexible is one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For - Houston!

    The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition identifies and honors organizations throughout the regions that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. 

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    Houston's Fast 100

    Employer Flexible made the 2013 HBJ's Fast 100 List, today we find out the ranking on the list!

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    Labor Day

    Employer Flexible Offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in observance of Labor Day. We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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    National Payroll Week 2013

    Employer Flexible will be participating in National Payroll Week 2013 with the American Payroll Association. National Payroll Week is on September 2-9, 2013. Join us in celebrating the hard work by America's wage earners and the payroll professionals who pay them!

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    Social Media

    Get Social with Employer Flexible!

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    Health Care Reform - Who, What, When

    Here is a look at some of the major health care reform provisions that you will see over the next decade.

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    Employer Mandate Penalties Delayed

    The Obama Administration has postponed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate penalties for one year, until 2015.

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    Employer Flexible Offices Closed on July 4th

    Employer Flexible offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 in observance of Independence Day. Our offices will resume normal schedules on Friday, July 5th, 2013. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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    Health Care Reform Timeline

    Please read the legislative brief on the Health Care Reform Timeline for more information and contact Employer Flexible with any questions about how you can prepare for any of the health care reform requirements. 

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    Employer Flexible Offices Closed on Memorial Day

    Employer Flexible offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day. Our offices will resume normal schedules on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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    Employer Flexible Acquires Channel Dynamix

    The acquisition expands Employer Flexible’s portfolio of service offerings by adding indepth, proven tools that maximize business data: business analysis tools, interactive websites, and managed IT services. Known in the solutions provider industry for bringing new and emerging implementation ideas and business models to the market, CDX will begin operating as EmpactIT, an Employer Flexible company.

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    Gulf Coast Symposium 2013

    Visit us at booth #327 to say hi and find out how our Recruitment Solutions can help you impact what matters.

    Don't miss our resident RPO expert Becky Franzen speaking on Building a Sourcing Engine.

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    Healthcare Reform Lunch and Learn

    Gaining visibility into your company includes keeping up with legislative changes that can impact your bottom line, your employees and the way you do business. Current healthcare reform, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), is already affecting companies like yours and has the potential to cause even more changes in 2014. We'll show you how the act impacts your company vision.

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    American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

    In order to avert (or delay) the "Fiscal Cliff," Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ARTA) of 2012. The new law extends a majority of the Bush-era tax cuts in the same form as they have existed since 2001 or 2003 when initially enacted.  

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    Personal and Professional Excellence

    Spending more time running your business than actually doing business? Wade Vielock and the pros at Employer Flexible can handle those time consuming details.

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    Final Regulations Issued on Health Insurance Exchanges

    Beginning in 2014, individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase private health insurance through state-based competitive marketplaces known as Affordable Health Insurance Exchanges (Exchanges). On March 12, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule on the Exchanges, to be published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2012.

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    EEOC Issues Final Rule on GINA Recordkeeping

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a final rule that extends its existing recordkeeping requirements under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employers covered by Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The final rule was published on Feb. 3, 2012, and it takes effect on April 3, 2012. 

    This Employer Flexible Legislative Brief provides a summary of the EEOC's final recordkeeping rule under GINA.

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    DOL Proposes Regulations on FMLA Military Family Leave

    On Jan. 30, 2012, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the release of proposed regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Primarily, the proposed regulations implement and interpret the FMLA's military family leave provisions. The proposed regulations also cover other aspects of FMLA leave, such as the special eligibility rules for airline flight crew members, and address anticipated revisions to the model FMLA forms.

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    $2,500 Limit for Health FSA's

    Health care reform imposes a $2,500 annual limit on salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) offered under cafeteria plans. The limit applies to both grandfathered and non-grandfathered health FSAs. This new limit is effective for taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2012. Beginning with the 2014 tax year, the $2,500 limit will be indexed for inflation.

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    Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) of 1998

    The benefits related to mastectomies changed quite a bit with the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) of 1998. This article will answer some of the common questions patients have about the WHCRA.

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    Supreme Court Recognizes Ministerial Exception to Employment Discrimination Laws

    On Jan. 11, 2012, the U. S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC. The unanimous decision gives religious employers and institutions much more freedom to choose and dismiss their leaders without the fear of employment discrimination suits. In addition to ministers, priests and other religious leaders, the decision also encompasses teachers in religious schools who have formal religious training and who are charged with instructing students about religious matters. Click here for more information.

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    Status of the DOL's Model FMLA Forms

    To administer leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employers must provide certain notices to employees, such as notice designating whether a requested leave will qualify as FMLA leave. Employers may also require that employees provide certifications to substantiate their eligibility for certain types of FMLA leave.

    The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided model notices and certifications to help employers administer FMLA leaves. The DOL's model FMLA forms are optional; employers may decide to customize the DOL's model forms or create their own FMLA forms. 

    Issues with the model forms' expiration dates have led to some confusion. This Employer FlexibleLegislative Brief clarifies the current status of the DOL's model FMLA forms.

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    Retirement Plan Service Provider Fee Disclosures

    On Feb. 3, 2012, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule regarding retirement plan service provider fee disclosures. The final rule is intended to provide employers sponsoring pension and 401(k) plans with information about the administrative and investment costs associated with providing these plans to their workers. 

    The DOL announced a three-month extension to the effective date of this rule, meaning service providers must be in compliance by July 1, 2012. The extended deadline applies to new and existing contracts or arrangements between ERISA-covered plans and service providers.

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    Insurance Market Nondiscrimination Reforms for 2014

    Effective for 2014, the Affordable Care Act (or ACA) requires health plans and health insurance issuers to comply with a new set of market reforms related to nondiscrimination. These reforms include:

    • Premium rating restrictions for health insurance issuers in the individual and small group markets;
    • Additional limits regarding discrimination based on a health status-related factor;
    • Prohibition on imposing preexisting condition exclusions; and
    • Expanded guaranteed issue and renewability requirements. 

    This Employer Flexible Legislative Brief summarizes select ACA insurance market reforms for 2014.

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    HHS Issues FAQs on Essential Health Benefits

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Affordable Care Act) will require non-grandfathered health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets to cover a comprehensive set of items and services, known as the essential health benefits (EHB) package. This coverage requirement will become effective in 2014.

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    HHS Adopts Standards for EFTs and Remittance Advice

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to maintain uniform standards for certain electronic health care transactions so that health information can be exchanged more efficiently. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) added electronic funds transfers (EFTs) to the list of electronic health care transactions for which HHS must maintain a uniform standard.

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    Health Care Reform: W-2 Form Reporting

    The health care reform law requires employers to report the total cost of employer-sponsored group health plan coverage on their employees' W-2 Forms.

    The purpose of the reporting requirement is to provide information to employees regarding how much their health coverage costs. It does not mean that the cost of the coverage is taxable.

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    Health Care Reform: Final Guidance on Summary of Benefits and Coverage

    On Feb. 9, 2012, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (Departments) released much-anticipated final guidance on the requirement for health plans and health insurance issuers to provide a summary of benefits and coverage to applicants and enrollees. 

    The health care reform law created the summary of benefits and coverage, or SBC, to provide consumers with simple and straightforward information on plan coverage in a uniform format. According to the Departments, the SBC will help consumers better understand the coverage they have and compare differences in benefits and coverage when they are shopping for a new plan.

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    Health Care Reform: FAQs on Enrollment and Employer Shared Responsibilty Requirements

    The health care reforms made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Affordable Care Act) have staggered effective dates, with many important provisions becoming effective in 2014. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (Departments) are working on regulations and other guidance to implement the 2014 health care reform changes.

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    Health Care Reform: Compromise on Contraceptive Coverage for Religious Employers

    Under health care reform, non-grandfathered health plans must cover women's preventive care services, including contraception, without charging a co-pay or deductible. This rule is effective as soon as August 2012 for some plans. 

    Churches, other houses of worship and similar organizations are exempt from covering contraception on the basis of their religious objections. However, this exemption does not cover other church-affiliated institutions, such as schools, charities, hospitals and universities.

    On Feb. 10, 2012, President Obama announced a proposal to address objections of non-exempt religious organizations. Under this proposal, the organization may choose whether or not to cover contraceptives. The insurance company providing coverage would be required to cover contraception if the religious organization chooses not to.

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