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Individual Medical Plan Can Incur Excise Tax

ThAlert !e Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) recently reiterated and clarified the IRS stance on individual medical plans for employees:

Employers that pay for or reimburse the premiums of individual medical plans for its employees on a pre-tax basis are in violation of IRS regulation.  Any benefit administrator who claims otherwise is subjecting their clients to an excise tax of $100 a day per covered employee, or $36,500 a year. The ECFC issued this release so as to warn employers not to violate regulation, and to dissuade any benefit administrators from marketing any such arrangements that violate IRS regulation.

If you know anyone that is still reimbursing their employees’ individual medical plans on a pre-tax basis, notifying them about this penalty.  It could save them a great deal of trouble.  Or have them call us at (520) 721-4848 and we can help.

 

Health Net of Arizona Update: Termination of Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital

health Net of ArizonaImpacting Arizona commercial plans (excluding CommunityCare plans) Effective September 1, 2014

As we continue to meet the challenges of our evolving health care industry, Health Net is committed to providing timely and relevant plan information affecting our members.

Health Net of Arizona, Inc. and Health Net Life Insurance Company (Health Net) have been in negotiations with Community Health Systems.  Unfortunately, we have been unable to reach an agreement, and therefore Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital will terminate from our commercial line of business (excluding CommunityCare plans), effective September 1, 2014. This termination does not impact Medicare.

Click here to review the chart displaying the facility and alternative hospitals and facilities.

Impacted physician groups In addition, the termination also affects Northwest Allied Physicians and Northwest Cardiology (aka Desert Cardiology of Tucson) physician groups,  effective December 15, 2014. Impacted commercial members will be required to change from their current PCP, effective December 15, 2014. Members with specialists who only have admitting privileges to Northwest or Oro Valley Hospitals may also need to change their specialist. Impacted members will receive instructions on how to request consideration for continued care under the transition of care (TOC) benefit. PPO members may consider using their PPO out-of-network benefit; pre-certification may apply.

Health Net is committed to providing our members with access to quality medical care at a price that remains affordable. Our provider network continues to offer over 500 PCPs, 1,700 specialists and 5 other acute facilities in Pima county to serve the needs of our members and their employees.

Please go to www.healthnet.com and use our Provider Search tool.

If you have any questions in how this will impact you and your family, call us at (520) 721-4848.

 

Preparing for a Checkup When You Haven’t Seen a Doctor in Years — Dr. Mark Hackman — UHC TV

 

What can I do if I lose coverage?

Have a question?  Give us a call at (520) 721-4848If you don’t have health coverage and you are outside the open enrollment period, you may be able to take advantage of a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for qualified health plans. Special enrollment periods are available only if you meet certain requirements. However, if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), you can enroll in those programs at any time of the year—you can begin an application by calling us at (520) 721-4848 and we will let you know whether you qualify and what you need to do to enroll.  Click here to download more on Special Enrollment Periods.

 

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