• ACA Quarterly Review – First Quarter 2017 April 3, 2017

    March 21, 2017: IRS To Continue Processing Tax Returns Without Health Coverage Information Pursuant to a recent executive order, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will continue to accept for processing tax returns in instances where a taxpayer does not indicate their health coverage status.   March 8, 2017: HHS Releases Training Materials for ACA Section […]

  • Ken Serfass Receives Next Generation Award from The Insurance Alliance of Central Pennsylvania February 9, 2017

      HARRISBURG, PA  On January 19, 2017, The Insurance Alliance of Central Pennsylvania presented Kenneth Serfass of Miers Insurance with its Next Generation Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement in its 2016 Accelerations Sales Contest. In presenting the award to Kenneth, Jane Koppenheffer, President of The Insurance Alliance, commented: The Insurance Alliance of Central […]

  • Rocky Gencarelli writes for the Lehigh Valley Chamber February 7, 2017

    Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce – Connections January 2017 I’m often asked is everything going to change with the Affordable Care Act now with President-Elect Trump. My answer, I’m sure it is, but not by January 1st.  Any change associated with a new Republican President and Congress is going to take some time.  A […]

  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies January 6, 2017

      6 Things Your Sleep Patterns Can Tell You About Your Health Sleep has numerous health benefits to your body. While you are sleeping, your body works to restore itself, lower stress, and improve your immune system. When we don’t achieve an adequate amount of sleep our bodies transition from running on pure energy to […]

  • Deadlines Extended for Furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C in Early 2017 December 27, 2016

      The IRS has extended the due dates for furnishing 2016 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to covered individuals and full-time employees, respectively, from January 31, 2017, to March 2, 2017. In addition, the IRS is also extending good faith penalty relief to reporting entities who can show they made good faith efforts to comply with the […]

  • Looking for a Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative February 15, 2017

    Looking for a Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative for growing independent insurance agency in the Lehigh Valley Must be P&C licensed Must have minimum 5 years experience Detail oriented, self-starter who can multi-task while being willing to go above and beyond to complete tasks in an efficient manner and prioritize tasks and meet deadlines Knowledge […]

  • DOL Penalties to Rise in 2017 February 6, 2017

    In 2015, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015 (the “Inflation Adjustment Act”) to direct federal agencies to adjust the civil monetary penalties for inflation every year. Civil penalties ensure compliance with federal regulation by incentivizing employers not to violate federal regulation and providing federal agencies the power to ensure compliance. […]

  • New Law Exempts Certain Small Employer HRAs From ACA Market Reforms December 27, 2016

    President Obama has signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, which, among other things, allows small employers to offer new “qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements” to reimburse employees for qualified medical expenses, including individual health insurance premiums, for years after December 31, 2016. Small employers are defined as those with fewer than 50 […]

  • Opt-Out Arrangements and Affordability of Employer-Sponsored Coverage July 26, 2016

    New Proposed Rule on Opt-Out Arrangements and Affordability of Employer-Sponsored Coverage Proposals May Impact Employer Liability Under ‘Pay or Play’ The IRS has released a proposed rule addressing how opt-out arrangements are taken into account for purposes of determining whether an employer-sponsored group health plan offers affordable coverage. An opt-out arrangement is an arrangement whereby […]