The League's Municipal Health Benefit Fund provides medical, dental and vision benefits to employees and officials. The advantage of being a part of the large group has enabled cities over the years to maintain a relatively stable cost for this important fringe benefit for municipal officials and employees in an era of soaring medical costs. Premium reports are processed by the League staff.
Other programs such as the Municipal Officials AD&D Plan and life insurance and AD&D plans for both officials and employees are available through the League at group rates.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/EBRx is the pharmacy risk management vendor for the Municipal Health Benefit Fund (MHBF). EBRx assists MHBF with its pharmacy benefit design using evidence-based research and drug reviews. EBRx Member Services are available to MHBF Plan Participants by calling toll free 833-339-8401 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST.
EBRx Member Services staff are able to:
The IRS recently updated their website Q&As to provide more detailed guidance regarding the 2015 employer mandate penalty assessment and appeal process. (These updated Q&As #55-58 are available here) While the update provides employers with a detailed overview of the assessment and appeals process, below are a few considerations that employers should be mindful of now, before any penalty notices are mailed:
Based on these updates, we understand that the IRS plans to issue the 2015 employer mandate penalty notices at some point during the next 7 weeks, and employers in receipt of those notices will have a fairly brief timeframe to provide response letters to the IRS contesting the notices. With that in mind, it is important that an employers are able to quickly identify any receipt of a Letter 226J, and have the necessary resources and tools to quickly and adequately prepare a response to the IRS contesting any erroneous penalties identified therein.
With that in mind, please plan to join us for a review of the employer mandate assessment and appeals process at our next monthly webinar series installment on November 29th. For those who have not already done so, you may sign up for our monthly consulting webinar series by registering at the following site: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7367844288465915905
If you have any questions or comments, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to "see" you all there!
The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and exists for a threefold purpose: