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New Guidance on Form 8889 for Health Savings Accounts

by Amy M. Gordon and Susan Nash

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the 2012 version of Form 8889 (Health Savings Accounts [HSA]) and its Instructions.  The Form 8889 is filed by HSA holders as an attachment to the IRS Form 1040.  The Form 8889 is generally used to report contributions and distributions to and from the HSA.  The 2012 versions of the form and instructions are substantially similar to the 2011 versions, however the 2012 form and instructions have been updated to include the 2012 contribution limits, and to reflect that qualified HSA distributions from health flexible spending accounts (FSA) or health reimbursement accounts (HRA) are no longer permitted.  Please note the 2012 HSA contribution limits are $3,100 for an individual and $6,250 for a family.  

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Webcast: Strategies to Deal with the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

Live Knowledge Congress Webcast
Strategies to Deal with the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act
September 13, 2011, Noon to 2 pm (EST)

Panel includes Susan Nash, Co-Chair of McDermott Will & Emery’s Health and Welfare Benefits Group.

The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA or “Health Reform Bill”) has been the subject of significant legal and policy debate since it was enacted in April 2010. The legislation has been both hailed as an important victory in the battle to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare in the United States, and challenged as unconstitutional and ineffective in reducing medical costs and otherwise incenting choice and value in medical care and services.

Amidst this debate, legal and business strategies for dealing with the aspects of Health Reform that have been, or soon will be, implemented are often left in the background. These strategies are critical for ensuring compliance and optimizing business performance as PPACA rolls out. No matter how the broader policy or legal debate resolves, entities affected by PPACA must consider the Act’s impact on reimbursement, cost protection, and other day-to-day operational issues.

Strategies to Deal with the Patient Protection & Afford Care Act LIVE Webcast is a must-attend for healthcare professionals, health policy directors, health executives, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and others who are interested in developing practical strategies to deal with healthcare reform. The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key thought leaders and regulators to discuss the fundamentals and updates regarding this topic.

Click here to register for the event.

To receive a discount courtesy of McDermott Will & Emery, please enter this code: will8992.

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2011 Budget Deal Includes Changes to PPACA

by Amy Gordon, Susan Nash and Maureen O’Brien

The 2011 budget agreement just passed by U.S. Congress on April 14, 2011, contains provisions that repeal and de-fund certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  (as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010)   (PPACA).

Specifically, the “free choice voucher” program mandated under Section 10108 of  PPACA has been repealed.  The free choice voucher provision of PPACA required employers to provide vouchers for workers whose employer-provided health insurance premiums cost between 8 percent and 9.8 percent of the worker’s family income.  The vouchers could then have been used by the worker to purchase insurance in the private market or in the exchanges.

In addition, the 2011 budget agreement rescinds $2.2 billion of the $6 billion in start-up funding provided for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan program created under Section 1322 of PPACA and also rescinds $3.5 billion in performance bonus payments authorized in the 2009 State Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization.

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