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IRS Begins Issuing Letter 5699 For 2019 Tax Year

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We’ve heard from our partners and brokers that the IRS has begun issuing Letter 5699 to employers for the 2019 tax year. Officially called “Missing Information Return Form 1094/1095-C,” Letter 5699 is the precursor notice that is issued to employers before a penalty assessment.

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ACA Survives Supreme Court, Focus Shifts to More Advancements

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Earlier this month the Supreme Court issued its decision to uphold the ACA, dismissing the challengers who asserted it was unconstitutional. So, what happens next?

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Understanding ACA Forms 1094-C/1095-C

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Employers required to comply with the ACA’s Employer Mandate must report their full-time employee’s healthcare information to the IRS annually via forms 1094-C and 1095-C, but what exactly are these forms?

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ACA Upheld By SCOTUS, Remains Law of The Land

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4 min read. On Thursday, June 17, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the case that asserts the ACA is unconstitutional, without even ruling on the underlying argument. In a landslide 7-2 vote , the ACA survived yet another legal challenge at the highest federal court.

Your Team's Pragmatic Guide to Security

Speaker: Naresh Soni, CTO, Tsunami XR

The pandemic has led to new data vulnerabilities, and therefore new cybersecurity threats. As technology leaders, it's time to rethink some of your product security strategies. Whether you need to rework your security architecture, improve performance, and/or deal with new threats, this webinar has you covered.

These Common Mistakes Can Result in ACA Penalties

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3 min read. ACA compliance can be time-consuming and complex. There is a myriad of issues that can arise during the course of the year that can make employers’ annual IRS filings more difficult than necessary.

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The ACA’s Future Hangs in the Balance

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3 min read. The Supreme Court case in which the Justices consider whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional without the Individual Mandate will see a judicial decision any day now. .

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IRS 4980H ACA Penalties Are Forever

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3 min read. The IRS announced that there is no statute of limitations for ACA penalties. What does that mean exactly? Simply put, it means that the ACA non-compliance penalties for any reporting year can be issued at any time in the future.

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What you Need to Know About IRS Letter 5699

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2 minute read. With the IRS ramping up enforcement of the ACA, employers should keep their eyes peeled for the penalty warning notice, Letter 5699. Responding promptly and accurately to the notice could save your organization hundreds of thousands of dollars. What is Letter 5699?

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ACA Special Enrollment Period Garners 1 Million Signups

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3 min read. President Biden’s special enrollment period has already generated 1 million additional signups on the federal ACA health exchange.

Product Transformation: Adapting Your Solutions for Cloud Models

Speaker: Ahmad Jubran, Cloud Product Innovation Consultant

In order to maintain a competitive advantage, CTOs and product managers are shifting their products to the cloud. Many do this by simply replicating their current architectures in the cloud. Those previous architectures, which were optimized for transactional systems, aren't well-suited for the new age of AI. Whether you're a seasoned CTO or an industry trailblazer, this webinar will help make your product ready to meet the competition by adopting an architecture that is optimized for AI innovation. Join Ahmad Jubran, Cloud Product Innovation Consultant, and learn how to adapt your solutions for cloud models the right way.

Get to Know the ACA’s Rule of Parity

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3 minute read. Without the proper tools or subject matter expertise, tackling the responsibilities of the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate on your own can be overwhelming. .

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ACA State Reporting Deadline for California is May 31

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3 min read. May 31 is the deadline for self-insured employers and health insurance carriers to submit applicable ACA information to the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) for the 2020 tax year.

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IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods Help Avoid ACA Penalties

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4 minute read. The Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions (ESRP) under the Affordable Care Act may seem straightforward, but, in reality, complying with them can be challenging and time-consuming.

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ACA Employer Penalties Are Real and The IRS Will Be Issuing More

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3 min read. ACA reporting for the 2021 tax year may not be top of mind for employers right now, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of the penalties being assessed by the IRS for non-compliance with the Employer Mandate.

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Frontline Call Center Partners with VBurchett Consulting to Improve Patients' Experiences

Frontline Call Center and VBurchett Consulting are joining forces in modern patient care with a new patient engagement center that utilizes telemedicine.

Your ACA State Filing Questions Answered

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3 minute read: We recently hosted a webinar on the growing number of states requiring ACA reporting in addition to federal filing with the IRS.

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American Rescue Plan Introduces New Changes to COBRA

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3 minute read: Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) has reshaped the way Americans receive and qualify for healthcare coverage, including COBRA. Before diving into the specifics of how the ARP impacts recipients of COBRA, it’s best to first define the important healthcare term. What is COBRA?

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How to Handle ACA Filing Corrections With the IRS

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3 minute read: If you found yourself in a situation where you received receipt of your ACA information returns for 2020 with a status of “Accepted with Errors,” you’re not alone and you need to make filing corrections.

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IRS Affordability Safe Harbors Help Avoid ACA Penalties

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4 minute read: How exactly do employers prove to the IRS that the healthcare plans they are offering to their workforce are affordable under the Affordable Care Act ?

Improve Onboarding with User-Centered Design

Speaker: Dr. Kate Wolin, Founder, Circea

In the age of social distancing, digital onboarding is becoming essential to any program. This is especially true for medical practices, where the threat of the pandemic is the most real. As consultations are being digitized, so are the process in which new patients are processed and appointments are being scheduled. Practices with compelling onboarding experiences are the ones who will ultimately succeed in the pandemic area and beyond. Join Dr. Kate Wolin, founder of Circea, for an overview of behavioral science and the evidence-based strategies that can be used to support patient engagement. She will also review how a patient-centered design strategy can be used to evaluate and refine onboarding processes.

Biden Seeks to Make PTC Eligibility Expansion Permanent

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3 minute read: The Biden administration is once again finding ways to bolster the Affordable Care Act. This time the advancement comes in the form of ACA subsidies and the costs of healthcare obtained through state and federal health exchanges. In the newly released $1.8

IRS Suspends Excess Repayment of APTCs for 2020 Tax Year

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3 minute read: The latest ACA advancement to be introduced by the Biden administration comes via the American Rescue Plan and applies to the use of Advanced Payments of Premium Tax Credits (APTCs) and Premium Tax Credits (PTCs).

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IRS Experiences Paper Mail Backlog, Employers Should E-file ACA Returns

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3 minute read: The COVID-19 pandemic created hardships for everyone and everything, including the IRS. On numerous occasions, the agency announced a significant backlog in processing paper returns. As of late March, the agency had a backlog of over 12 million returns.

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[UPDATE] What Employers Need to Know About the Employee Retention Credit

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3 minute read: The latest IRS Notice 2021-23 provides additional rules on the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) with respect to quarter one and quarter two of the 2021 tax year. .

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Primary Care Is Dead. Long Live Primary Care!

The primary care system is failing patients and providers. Capacity shortages have led to long wait times and physician burnout. To fix the system, we must find innovative ways to boost capacity and meet patient-consumers’ shifting expectations.

IRS Enforcement of the ACA is Increasing

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3 minute read: IRS enforcement of the ACA is going to increase throughout the remainder of the year and well into 2022, as President Biden’s FY 2022 discretionary request alludes to.

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What Happens if You Fail to Pay an ACA Penalty?

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3 minute read: Have you ever wondered what would happen if your organization failed to pay penalties assessed by the IRS under the ACA? In this post, Trusaic explains what you need to know about the IRS’ enforcement powers under the ACA, namely, the powers to levy and lien. .

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Classify Workers Correctly to Determine ALE Status and Avoid ACA Penalties

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3 minute read: Classifying workers is an important step for employers determining if the requirements of the ACA’s Employer Mandate apply to them. This is due to the necessary step of calculating ALE status. . Determining ALE Status.

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ACA Affordability for the 2021 Tax Year

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2 minute read: For the 2021 tax year, the ACA affordability threshold will increase to 9.83%. That means employees will likely have to contribute more towards their employer-sponsored healthcare. IRS revenue procedure notice IRS Rev Proc.

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Big Idea: Primary Care Automation

Healthcare automation that gives primary care providers more time with their patients—and less on screens—can improve care for patients, increase satisfaction for providers, and deliver positive bottom-line results for system leaders. Download this guide to learn how to optimize automation and keep the patient-provider relationship at the heart of the healthcare experience.

Final Rule Allows for More Flexibility with Grandfathered Health Plans

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3 minute read: In December 2020, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (including the IRS) issued a final rule regarding ACA grandfathered health plans. .

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March 31 is the Deadline for E-Filing ACA Returns With the IRS

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2 minute read: March 31, 2021, is the deadline for e-filing ACA returns, Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, to the IRS for the 2020 tax year as required by the ACA’s Employer Mandate.

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FTB to Publish Employer California Reporting Non-Compliance Data

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3 minute read: Employers should be aware that data concerning non-compliance with California’s Individual Mandate will be publicly reported and published annually by the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) on its website.

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New Stimulus Plan Expands PTC Eligibility, Employer Penalties

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3 minute read: President Joe Biden recently signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and it includes provisions that make ACA healthcare coverage more accessible to Americans. The $1.9

Virtual Front Door or Brick Wall? Care Pathways in Healthcare

Are you offering your patients a virtual front door or a brick wall? Today, 85% of healthcare visits start online. If your patients don’t have a way to access care virtually, you’re losing them to Dr. Google. Clear care pathways that start online ensure your patients get the best care they need while staying loyal to you.

How The Raise the Wage Act Could Impact ACA Compliance

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3 minute read: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report last month that outlines the budgetary effects on American employment if the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 is enacted.

The IRS is Issuing ACA Penalty Letter 226J for 2018

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3 minute read: The IRS has begun to issue Letter 226J penalty assessments to employers that failed to comply with the ACA’s Employer Mandate for the 2018 tax year.

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What Employers Need to Know About the 2020 ACA 1095-C Codes

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3 minute read: ACA reporting for the 2020 tax year will be different from years past because of the new Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) codes.

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Employers May Face Additional Challenges with 2020 ACA Reporting

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3 minute read: With the 2020 ACA filing deadlines fast approaching, employers will be met with additional reporting challenges due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Convenience Care Is Here, and It's Eating Your Lunch

Patients want high-quality care that is accessible and affordable. If they can’t get it from you, direct-to-consumer healthcare services make it easy for them to get it somewhere else. Give them the ability to consume your services just like they consume everything else in their lives: on their phones or computers, quickly, and where it’s convenient for them.