HIRD Forms Repealed
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
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
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.
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WageWorks Branding Integration Continues
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
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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
For 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
► 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.
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:
* Location (please be specific)
* Parking arrangements
* Raffle - should Crosby contribute a raffle prize?
Crosby will attend benefit fairs upon request, subject to
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
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).
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
Act Introduced in Congress To Maintain $245 Limit
The 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.
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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