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Benefits Buzz March 2018

This month’s Benefits Buzz examines the latest spending resolution’s effect on ACA taxes, provides details about new disability claim rules and looks at the new HHS secretary’s position on the opioid crisis.   Click on the picture to read the full Benefits Buzz newsletter.

New HHS Memo on Federally Facilitated Exchanges

HHS/CMS recently issued a memo focusing on the role of agents and brokers in federally facilitated Exchanges now being established by the federal government in states that opt not to have their own state-based Exchanges. The memo, referring to both Exchanges and Marketplace, also addresses certain questions related to state-based Exchanges. Previous final regulations addressed the ability of states to permit brokers and agents to assist employers and individuals purchasing Exchange coverage, including clarification that although they may help individuals with QHP enrollment, they cannot perform eligibility determinations. Read the memo on the CMS website here: http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/regulations/Files/agent-broker-5-1-2013.pdf