Health Plan Administration (PPACA)
· Administrative Simplification. Beginning in 2013, health plans must adopt and implement uniform standards and business rules for the electronic exchange of health information to reduce paperwork and administrative burdens and costs.
· Limiting Health Flexible Savings Account Contributions. The new health care law will limit the amount of contributions to health FSAs to $2,500 per year, indexed by CPI for subsequent years.
Fees and Taxes
· Eliminating Deduction for Medicare Part D Subsidy. Currently, employers that maintain prescription drug plans for their Medicare Part D eligible retirees are entitled to a tax deduction. This deduction will be eliminated in 2013.
· Increased Threshold for Medical Expense Deductions. The health care reform law increases the income threshold for claiming the itemized deduction for medical expenses from 7.5 percent of income to 10 percent. However, individuals over 65 would be able to claim the itemized deduction for medical expenses at 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income through 2016.
· Additional Hospital Insurance Tax for High Wage Workers. The new law increases the hospital insurance tax rate by 0.9 percentage points on wages over $200,000 for an individual ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly). The tax is also expanded to include a 3.8 percent tax on net investment income in the case of taxpayers earning over $200,000 ($250,000 for joint returns).
· Medical Device Excise Tax. The law also establishes a 2.3 percent excise tax on the first sale for use of a medical device. Eye glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, and any device of a type that is generally purchased by the public at retail for individual use are excepted from the tax.