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CROSBY C o n n e c t i o n : August 2013

HIRD Forms Repealed

Catch the Renewal Wave!

Health Insurance Exchange Notices

Transit Parity?

 


 

 

HIRD Forms Repealed

Governor Signs Budget Bill Eliminating Requirement

 

The budget bill that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into Law in July included the repeal of the Massachusetts HIRD Form requirement, effective July 1, 2013. Since Health Care Reform went into effect in Massachusetts, employers were required to collect an Employee HIRD (Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure) Form from employees who declined employer-sponsored health insurance and from certain benefits ineligible employees.

The HIRD requirement will be replaced with an annual notification to employees, which the Massachusetts Health Connector will need to develop and subsequently issue related guidance.

Though technically, the HIRD Form is no longer required as of July 1, 2013, it has been suggested that employers continue to voluntarily collect HIRD Forms (as proof of offer and waiver of a section 125 plan option to employees) at least until through the end of 2013 as a precautionary measure. HIRD Forms already collected should be retained.

If you currently participate in Crosby's HIRD Form Service, we will continue to manage the process for you through the end of 2013. If you would prefer that we stop this process, please notify us at your convenience. Your client consultant will reach out to you as updates regarding the annual notification to employees from the Massachusetts Health Connector become available.

 


Calendar

 

Sep 2: Our offices will be closed.

Oct 14: Our offices will be closed.

 


 

Get A Team Roster

 

We use a client-centered team approach to best meet your needs. For your team roster, please email us here.

 


 

WageWorks Branding Integration Continues

 

Over the next several months you will continue to see changes to our branding. Our new logo and name: Crosby Benefit Systems, a division of WageWorks, Inc. has already begun to be used on various communications such as Confirmation and Summary Statements. All branded materials, including our websites, will soon be updated with the new logo.

Reimbursement Account checks now include our new name. You will also receive Compliance Alerts in our new corporate format as they become available.

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Welcome Aboard!

 

We would like to welcome the newest members of our team:
 

Amanda Dhillon

Finance


Bill Janson

Admin Services

  

Cathy Bang

Client Services

 

Gandhi Gracia

Client Services

 


 

Did You Know . . .

 

. . . You can streamline your commuter program and add revenue?

> Quick Implementation

> Easy-To-Use

> All Major Metro Areas Covered

> Fully Automated

 

For more information about any of our services, please contact Darla Rosenfeld via email or call 617-630-0468.

 

Renewal Time Already?

Make the Most of Your Open Enrollment Season

 

 

Description: Rewewal WaveFor many of our clients, Open Enrollment season is just beginning. Crosby is committed to boosting participation in your Flexible Spending Account. Below are some tools we offer to help promote FSA enrollment.

► Custom Communications & Promotional Materials: We can include customized communications with your enrollment packets. Promotional materials to boost participation such as FSA brochures and informational one-pagers are also available.

► Flex Debit Card: Our card adds convenience by giving participants direct access to their Medical FSA funds without having to pay out-of-pocket. Take advantage of the Flex Debit Card today.
 
► FSA Videos: We offer brief, educational videos (one with Flex Debit Card information and one without) that outline the benefits of an FSA. These can be found on our website.
 
► Benefit Fairs: Fairs provide an avenue for your employees to speak directly with a Crosby representative about the benefits of FSAs.

Since we receive many requests to participate, please understand that scheduling is done on a first-come-first-serve basis. To request our participation, please email Nancy D'Allessandro as soon as possible with the following information:

* Date and Time of fair

* Estimated attendance
* Location (please be specific)
* Parking arrangements
* Raffle - should Crosby contribute a raffle prize?

Note: Crosby will attend benefit fairs upon request, subject to availability.

To take advantage of these solutions and learn more about preparing for your renewal season, please contact your Crosby Consultant.

 


 

Marketplace Availability Notifications

Crosby Can Help Make Sure Your Deadline is Met

 

 

Description: COBRA ImageDon't forget, the deadline to notify your employees about Health Insurance marketplace coverage options is October 1, 2013. The Department of Labor's  Technical Release 2013-02 provides temporary guidance for the employer notice requirement and states that current employees must receive notifications by October 1, 2013 (employees hired on or after October 1, 2013 must be notified at the time of hire). 
 

Crosby can assist with the distribution of this notice to current employees in order to satisfy the compliance requirements.

For assistance in fulfilling these notification requirements, please contact Darla Rosenfeld at 617-630-0468.

 


 

Transit Benefit Parity Is Still Possible

Act Introduced in Congress To Maintain $245 Limit

  

 

Description: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2495/4048165408_17931f3381_m.jpgThe Transit Parity Act was introduced in Congress in June that proposes making the $245 per month pre-tax Transit and Parking benefit permanent. Currently, this limit is set to expire at the end 2013, reducing it to $125 per month.

Superior Outsourced Benefits Administration

 

Crosby Benefits Systems, a division of WageWorks, Inc. has developed benefit programs for over 500 organizations since 1976. Crosby has built its stellar reputation by focusing on the design and delivery of quality benefit services. Crosby is dedicated to its "High Tech and High Touch" approach, focusing on quality, customer service and creative solutions.

 

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