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Best Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta podcasts we could find (updated June 2020)
Best Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta podcasts we could find
Updated June 2020
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The Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance Compliance Director, Sarah Gillespie and a first class ERISA attorney share key Affordable Care Act and compliance hot topics all in 15 minutes or less. This podcast gives interested individuals a short nugget of information on specific benefits compliance items or ACA related topics that will help them better do their job or understand the requirements. Our topics will be specific and brief, and guidance will be provided by a first class ERISA attorney. And ...
 
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While this cost reduction is certainly a positive gesture, to the extent that the refund or credit is considered a plan asset, it must be used in accordance with ERISA and fiduciary obligations. Listen to learn more about determining whether your credit is a plan asset, and your options from there.By Stacy Barrow, Sarah Gillespie, Andrew Bartolotta
 
On May 12, 2020 the IRS finally issued long-awaited relief for employers and employees regarding medical election changes and other new allowances for cafeteria plans, health FSAs, and dependent care accounts. Tune in to learn more about these changes and for some Q&A on how they will work.By Stacy Barrow, Andrew Bartolotta, Sarah GIllespie
 
Employers with group health plans must generally extend coverage to the children of an employee when a state court or agency issues a qualified medical child support order. Listen to this podcast to better understand your obligation as an employer and to help answer a variety of “what if” questions often encountered upon receiving an order like thi…
 
Legal activity regarding the ACA continues to make its way through the courts. With the 2020 election on the horizon and healthcare still a hot topic, we expect to see an uptick in attempted legislation and efforts in both directions. Tune in to hear a discussion on ACA updates. www.lpinsurance.comBy Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
Recently, a federal judge ruled that parts of the Trump administration’s 2018 final rule on association health plans were invalid. The court then directed the Department of Labor to reconsider how the remaining provisions of the final rule are affected. The court called the final rule an “end-run” around the Affordable Care Act and said that the DO…
 
Did you know that a rehired employee cannot be asked to re-satisfy a waiting period for benefits eligibility if they return to work with 13 weeks of their termination date? Tune in to learn the rules surrounding rehired or reinstated employees and where exceptions may exist.By Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
As health costs and employer expenditures increase, more employers are considering innovative strategies to help lower health care costs. As with any new strategy, it is important for employers to do their homework and thoroughly evaluate options before jumping in. This podcast offers a discussion of the potential benefits and pitfalls for employer…
 
On December 20, 2018 the Federal Register published the final rule from the EEOC removing the part of the regulations related to incentive limits for medical questions and exams under a wellness program. If this sounds familiar to what we heard from the Court in Dec 2017, that’s because it is. But does the absence of any limit mean employers should…
 
In October 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order calling on the departments to take action on a handful of specific tasks, one of which was to expand the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). We finally saw proposed guidance on this in late October 2018 when two new types of HRAs were introduced. Listen in to learn more about t…
 
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a general business tax credit for eligible employers of all sizes that provide paid family and medical leave to their employees for tax years 2018 and 2019 only. For employers that already provide paid short term disability, this might be low hanging fruit, and that’s why we’re addressing this as part of a benefits…
 
On Nov. 7, 2018, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury finalized two rules expanding certain exemptions from the ACA’s contraceptive coverage mandate. The first final rule expands the exemption for employers that object to providing contraceptive coverage based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. The second fi…
 
This question comes up often. Before extending these type programs to your non-medical plan participants, be sure to listen to this podcast to become aware of reasons this could be potentially problematic, and to learn a couple solutions. www.lpinsurance.comBy Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
The House Ways and Means Committee recently approved 11 bills that increase the flexibility of HSA and FSA plans and also focus on delaying the implementation of some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Employers may need to be ready to act nimbly should these bills come to fruition by the end of 2018. Listen in to learn what might be imp…
 
The IRS recently released the HSA contribution limits, HDHP deductible and out of pocket limits, and the ACA out of pocket limits for 2019. The interaction of these limits can be confusing due to embedded OOP requirements and other considerations. Tune in for a brief explanation from our ERISA attorney on how to design a compliant plan with these n…
 
There has been an uptick in the volume of DOL audits in recent years. The timeframe to respond to an audit notice is short and it is important to be prepared. Tune in to this podcast to learn how to be ready and to debunk some DOL audit myths. Learn more: www.lpinsurance.comBy Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
The IRS recently lowered the maximum annual HSA family contribution limit for 2018 to $6,850, a $50 decrease from the prior limit of $6900. Listen to learn why this happened and what action needs to be taken by employers and any individuals who may have already or intend to max-fund their account.By Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
The DOL has been talking for a while about applying new claims regulations to ERISA covered disability plans. These regulations were originally to apply to claims filed on or after January 1, 2018, but a 90 day delay modified the effective date to April 1, 2018. To learn what these new regulations are, what plans are impacted and what action employ…
 
On Jan. 22nd President Trump signed into law a continuing spending resolution to end the government shutdown and continue funding through Feb. 8, 2018. This particular resolution also impacted three taxes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the Cadillac Tax, the Health Insurance Providers fee and the Medical Device tax. Listen in to learn how thes…
 
On Dec. 20, 2017, the Court chose to vacate key provisions of the EEOC’s final rules for employer-sponsored wellness plans effective Jan. 1, 2019. Unless the EEOC reconsiders and clarifies its position related to incentives for wellness programs with medical testing and medical questions involved, employers will need to make some changes to these t…
 
The IRS recently updated its list of Frequently Asked Questions related to the ACA’s Employer Mandate where they indicated that penalty letters for calendar year 2015 would start to go out in late 2017. Tune in to learn about IRS Letter 226J and how to quickly respond.By Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
The 2017 year has been full of ups and downs in the world of benefits compliance and the Affordable Care Act. There has been a lot of activity in Congress, though none that has changed the current landscape for employers so far. Listen in for a review of this year and a look forward to 2018.By Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
On Oct. 13, 2017, the IRS reversed a recent policy change in how it monitors compliance with the ACA’s individual mandate. For the upcoming 2018 filing season (filing 2017 tax returns) the IRS will not accept electronically filed tax returns where the taxpayer does not certify whether the individual had health insurance for the year. Also, paper re…
 
On October 12, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the federal agencies in charge of implementing the ACA to propose new regulations or to revise existing guidance to expand access to association health plans, short term insurance plans, and HRAs. Separately, the President issued notice to stop the government’s reimbursement o…
 
On October 6, 2017, The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury, and Labor (the “Departments”) released interim final regulations allowing employers and insurance companies to decline to cover contraceptives under their health plans based on a religious or moral objection. The new rules are effective immediately and scale back…
 
Employer sponsored wellness programs put in place with the best of intentions can easily be found non-compliant if the program falls into any of these 4 main compliance pitfalls. Listen in to learn what they are and how to avoid them. Learn more: www.lpinsurance.comBy Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
After voting to open up ACA repeal legislation for debate and amendments on July 25, 2017, the 20-hour debate ended on July 28, 2017 with a rejection of the “skinny” repeal bill. Is that the end for ACA repeal? Tune in to learn what happened and if we will see any further repeal attempts. Learn more: www.lpinsurance.com…
 
Employer sponsored wellness plans are a great way to help instill a culture of health and wellbeing in the workplace. However, a bona fide wellness program is subject to regulations under HIPAA, the ACA, the ADA and GINA, and so offering a program requires some forethought and planning to remain compliant. Listen in to learn more about wellness pla…
 
A Section 125 cafeteria plan allows employers to extend an opportunity to employees to purchase certain benefits on a pre-tax basis. Section 125 plan rules are governed by the IRS and pre-tax benefit elections are irrevocable except for reasons permitted under the IRS Code. Listen in to this podcast to learn about permitted election changes and hea…
 
Telemedicine programs are increasing in popularity, and for good reason. They offer a way to reduce employee stress associated with long doctor wait times and time out of the office, increase employer productivity for similar reasons, and can positively impact medical claim experience by keeping claims separated from the major medical plan. However…
 
Each year the IRS releases an updated index of the contribution percentages for the purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For the first time since these affordability percentages were introduced, we are seeing a decrease in the amount an employer can charge employees for health coverage. So…
 
On May 4,2017, by a vote of 217 to 213 (with 20 Republicans voting against the bill), the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals and replaces significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Tune in to this podcast to learn more about the amendments that made enough differ…
 
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