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Get the Help You Need with Health Care Reform -- Webinar February 11

2015 February 03.

The Affordable Care Act is affecting your business in real ways.  While Congress argues the law, you must make sure your company follows it.  Do you know what’s expected of you right now?

Compliance with the Large Employer Mandate

Employers with 100 or more full time employees and equivalents are currently required to comply with the large employer mandate this year.

Employers with 50 to 99 full-time employees and equivalents have less than a year to comply with the large employer mandate (their obligation begins January 1, 2016).

Potential Employer Liability from Health Insurance Exchange

2015 January 30.

Dear Jon,

I am a large employer and offer a health plan to my employees, but some of them have opted out.  Will I be subject to a tax penalty if these individuals go to a health insurance exchange?  And how will I know if my employees go to a health insurance exchange? Is there some sort of notification process?

—Nervous about Notifications near Napa

 

Dear Nervous,

WGAT Can Assist You with Your 2014 Tax Year Health Care Reporting Requirements

2015 January 27.

If your company will issue 250 or more W-2s for the 2014 tax year, the IRS requires you to report the aggregate cost of your company’s group health insurance coverage on those employees’ W-2 forms.

Western Growers Assurance Trust (WGAT) members who fall in to this category in 2014, can seek assistance complying with this requirement by emailing eligibility@wga.com and providing the following:

February 11th ACA Compliance Webinar – Register Today

2015 January 27.

The clock is running.  The bells are tolling.  The rubber is hitting the road.  However you want to say it, the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here and is affecting the way you need to run your business. 

Employer Mandate

The large employer mandate is now in effect for companies with more than 100 full-time employees and full-time equivalents.  Employers with 50-99 full-time employees and equivalents have until 2016 to comply with the mandate.

 

Reporting

Register Today: Affordable Care Act Compliance Webinar -- February 11

2015 January 22.

The clock is running.  The bells are tolling.  The rubber is hitting the road.  However, you want to say it, the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here and is affecting the way you need to run your business. 

Employer Mandate

The large employer mandate is now in effect for companies with more than 100 full-time employees and full time equivalents.  Employers with 50-99 full-time employees and equivalents have until 2016 to comply with the mandate.

Reporting

Be Careful of Landmines in Response to ACA

2015 January 06.

Dear Jon,

 

I have a confession:  We did nothing to comply with health care reform.  We employ more than 150 employees, of which 20 in management are covered by a health plan.  The remaining 130 have always worked full-time.  Our plan is to cut their hours effective January 1, 2015, to ensure that they are not full-time in order to avoid owing an offer of health benefits coverage to these individuals.  Is this allowable?

 

Ready-Set-REPORT!

2015 January 06.

What’s ahead for you in 2015 to be (or remain) compliant with the Affordable Care Act?  The answer depends on a number of factors including whether your company is an applicable large employer and the number of employees you have.

Get Ready Now: Health Care Reform W-2 Reporting Requirements

2014 December 18.

If your company will issue 250 or more W-2s for the 2014 tax year, the IRS requires you to report the aggregate cost of your company’s group health insurance coverage on those employees’ W-2 forms.

 

Western Growers Assurance Trust (WGAT) members who fall in to this category in 2014, can seek assistance complying with this requirement by emailing eligibility@wga.com and providing the following:

“Skinny” Health Plans Shelved by IRS

2014 December 04.

You thought you had it figured out and were on course to comply with the mandates under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  You thought you could move on — until Election Day.

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, the Treasury Department issued a new challenge.  It acknowledged the supplied calculator designed to gauge whether or not a plan met “minimum value” fell short of the intent of the law.  As a result — it’s back to the drawing board.

 

Sayonara Skinny Plans

ANNUAL MEETING WORKSHOP: Wellness Programs Can Reap Rewards

2014 December 04.

The development of a corporate wellness program can be a win-win-win, lowering health care costs, improving the collective health of your workforce and financially rewarding for employees who choose to participate.