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Trump Working to Remove Pre-Existing Condition Protection

In just a few months there is a mid-term election, and both sides of the aisle will be politicking and posturing for votes and—ultimately—control of Congress. One issue that has been part of the landscape since 2010 is Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act. In fact, Republicans successfully

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Building an Innovation Team from the Ground Up | IBJ

As one of our five core values, innovation is a priority for the team at FirstPerson. Bryan Brenner and Mark Minner connect with IBJ reporter John Russell about FirstPerson’s strategy, and how it’s making a difference for HR professionals in Indiana. Read the full story below or by clicking here.

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FirstPerson COO & General Counsel Named One of Indy’s Most Pivotal Leaders 2018

Indy’s Most Pivotal Leaders is an exclusive half-day leadership workshop that inspires, connects, and refuels emerging and established leaders. Those recognized on this list include emerging leaders, directors, and c-suite executives who have made substantial contributions to their businesses and the Greater Indianapolis community. This year, benefits and compliance strategy

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IRS Revises (again) the Family HSA Maximum Contribution

In a surprising move, the IRS reversed its March 5, 2018 decision to decrease the maximum family HSA contribution by $50. On April 26, 2018 the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-27 which restored the maximum family HSA contribution to $6,900. This is welcome news to those who have not made

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IRS Issues Revised 2018 HSA Limits

On March 5, 2018, the IRS issued revised HSA limits for 2018 via IRS Revenue Procedure 2018-10. The maximum family HSA contribution limit has decreased to $6,850 from the $6,900 originally announced in 2017. The maximum individual HSA contribution and catch-up contribution for people age 55 and older remain unchanged.

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FirstPerson Named Top 125 Best Places to Work in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (February 19, 2018) – FirstPerson is named as a Best Place to Work in Indiana for 2018, making it their eighth time on the list. The company’s tenacious approach to their people-centered mission is what drives their growth and success each year. “We are community at FirstPerson,” said FirstPerson’s CEO and

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Cadillac Tax and Health Insurance Tax Pushed Back

Late Monday evening, Jan. 22, President Trump signed H.R.195 to end the government shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 8, 2018. The bill passed the House with a 266-159 vote and the Senate 81-18. What details should you know? H.R. 195 doesn’t just open our government back up for

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Anthem Formulary and Tier Updates for 2018

During Anthem’s quarterly Pharmacy & Therapeutics Process, the status of the drug list/formulary is reviewed and corresponding recommendations are made to the health plan. Anthem clients should be aware of some changes to your health plan’s formulary and drug tiers that will take effect in 2018. Click here to view

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How the HR Function is Changing | eX Podcast with Bryan Brenner

It’s been over a hundred years since   the first human resources department was established by The National Cash Register Company in 1901, but some HR departments haven’t changed. They’re still focused on risk, compliance, and the transactional side of it, despite the fact a whole new era    of the workplace

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Brokers Set to Take Advantage of Looser AHP Regs | Employee Benefit Adviser

Employee Benefit Adviser’s recent article, “Brokers set to take advantage of looser AHP regs” quotes Katy Stowers, Managing Director and General Counsel. Stowers shares how these eased regulations can benefit small businesses and employers. Read the excerpt below featuring Katy’s quote, or  click here to access the full article. Employee

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1095-C Reporting Update: Notice 2018-06

The IRS Grants a Short Reprieve to ACA Reporting Deadlines Just before Christmas the IRS published Notice 2018-06, announcing an extension of the impending January distribution due dates of IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is certainly welcome relief for insurers and employers

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ACA Reporting on Form 1095-C for 2017

Despite changes in the White House, ACA reporting on Forms 1094 and 1095 is here to stay. We encourage you to read our Reporting FAQs to re-acquaint yourself with the reporting process, if you haven’t done so already. The good news is that neither the forms themselves nor the codes

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ACA Update: The IRS Issues Guidance on Enforcement of ACA Penalties

Last year the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the IRS took the first step in enforcing the Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty (ESRP) when the Health Insurance Marketplace issued letters to employers informing them of employees who received subsidies on the Marketplace. HHS then reported this information, and

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ACA Update: Making Sense of Recent Executive Actions

President Trump’s highly publicized campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been met with numerous Congressional roadblocks, the cumulative effect of which has taken repeal and replace off the table in the 2017 legislative session. For that reason, the Administration has looked to regulatory and

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