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Legal Alert- IRS Releases 2023 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

In Rev. Proc. 2022-24, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2023 relevant to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). The table below summarizes those adjustments and other applicable limits.

  2023 2022 Change
Annual HSA Contribution Limit

(employer and employee)

Self-only: $3,850 Family: $7,750 Self-only: $3,650 Family: $7,300 Self-only: +$200 Family: +$450
HSA catch-up contributions

(age 55 or older)

$1,000 $1,000 No change
Minimum Annual HDHP Deductible Self-only: $1,500 Family: $3,000 Self-only: $1,400 Family: $2,800 Self-only: +$100

Family: $200

Maximum Out-of-Pocket for HDHP

(deductibles, co-payment & other amounts except premiums)

Self-only: $7,500 Family: $15,000 Self-only: $7,050 Family: $14,100 Self-only: +$450 Family: +$900

 

Out-of-Pocket Limits Applicable to Non-Grandfathered Plans

The ACA’s out-of-pocket limits for in-network essential health benefits have also been announced and have increased for 2023.

  2023 2022 Change
ACA Maximum Out-of-Pocket Self-only: $9,100

Family: $18,200

Self-only: $8,700

Family: $17,400

Self-only: +$400

Family: +$800

 

Note that all non-grandfathered group health plans must contain an embedded individual out-of-pocket limit within family coverage if the family out-of-pocket limit is above $9,100 (2023 plan years) or $8,700 (2022 plan years). Exceptions to the ACA’s out-of-pocket limit rule are available for certain small group plans eligible for transition relief (referred to as “Grandmothered” plans). While historically CMS has renewed the transition relief for Grandmothered plans each year, it announced in March that the transition relief will remain in effect until it announces that all such coverage must come into compliance with the specified requirements.

Next Steps for Employers

As employers prepare for the 2023 plan year, they should keep in mind the following rules and ensure that any plan materials and participant communications reflect the new limits:

  • HSA-qualified family HDHPs cannot have an embedded individual deductible that is …
By |May 3rd, 2022|Affordable Care Act, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Communications, Health Care Reform, IRS, Legislation, Medical, Voluntary Benefits|Comments Off on Legal Alert- IRS Releases 2023 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

Legal Alert-Agencies Issue Additional Guidance on OTC COVID-19 Tests

On February 4, 2022, federal agencies released additional FAQs related to coverage of over the counter (“OTC”) COVID-19 tests by group health plans and health insurance carriers.  The FAQs are intended to clarify the previous FAQs released on January 10, 2022.

Prior Guidance

On January 10, 2022, the agencies released initial guidance for plans and carriers, which required them to cover FDA approved at-home, OTC COVID-19 tests without cost sharing, prior authorization, or medical management, and without the need for a prescription or recommendation of a health care provider.  These requirements apply during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Notably, plans and carriers are not required to cover OTC COVID-19 tests purchased or used for workplace testing/employment purposes.

Plans and carriers may reimburse participants for their purchase upon submission of a claim or by reimbursing the entity who sold the test directly. The guidance provided for two safe harbors, which permit plans and carriers to:

  1. limit reimbursement to the lower of the actual price or $12 per test if the plan arranges for direct-to-consumer coverage of OTC COVID-19 tests that meet the FFCRA criteria through both its pharmacy network (or another entity designated by the plan or carrier) and a direct-to-consumer shipping program; and
  2. limit coverage to no less than eight (8) tests per Individual for a 30-day or one month period.

In order to limit reimbursements for tests purchased from non-preferred providers, plans must ensure there are an adequate number of retail locations (in-person and online) with access to OTC COVID-19 tests and communicate necessary information about the direct coverage program, including when it is available and which retail pharmacies are available.

New Guidance

The guidance issued on February 4, 2022 (which is generally effective prospectively for purposes of …

By |February 16th, 2022|Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Communications, Legislation, Medical, Voluntary Benefits, Wellness|Comments Off on Legal Alert-Agencies Issue Additional Guidance on OTC COVID-19 Tests

DOL Publishes Guidance on $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractor Employees

On Jan. 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2022-1 to help federal contractors understand and implement a $15 minimum wage rate for their employees by Jan. 30, 2022, as required by Executive Order (EO) 14026.

Federal Contractor Employee Minimum Wage

Existing law requires federal contractors to pay at least the established minimum wage rate to workers performing work on or in connection with certain covered federal contracts for construction or services. EO 13658 authorized the DOL to adjust the applicable minimum wage rate annually based on inflation. The Jan. 1, 2022, EO 13658 minimum wage rate is $11.25 ($7.90 for tipped workers).

Increase to $15 per hour

EO 14026 raises the hourly minimum wage for workers performing work on or in connection with certain covered federal contracts for construction or services. EO 14026 establishes an initial minimum wage of $15 ($10.50 for tipped workers) as of Jan. 30, 2022. This rate will also be adjusted annually based on inflation. EO 14026 shares many similarities with EO 13658 but has some key differences relating to coverage and applicability. The DOL has published a final rule to implement the provisions of EO 14026.

FAB 2022-1

Federal contractors can use FAB 2022-1 to learn more about who is covered by EO 14