Compliance Corner
October 30, 2018


Podcast Episode 42: Medical Tourism's Interplay With Employer Group Health Plans
November Webinar Series – Register Now

Health Care Reform

Updated Coverage for Mandated Preventive Care Services
IRS Releases Proposed Regulations Addressing De Minimis Errors in Certain Information Returns and Statements
CMS & IRS Release New Guidance that Would Make It Easier for States to Obtain ACA Waivers

Federal Health Updates

Departments Propose Rule Allowing HRAs to Be Integrated with Individual Health Coverage
IRS Provides Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Michael
Penalty Imposed Against Anthem for HIPAA Breach

Retirement Updates

DOL Proposed Rule Expands Access to Multiple Employer Plans

State and Territory Updates



For companies under common ownership, is there a requirement to offer only one plan to the different companies, or can the different companies sponsor their own separate plans?


Podcast Episode 42: Medical Tourism's Interplay With Employer Group Health Plans

In this episode, Suzanne and Chase address the advantages and disadvantages of medical tourism, and how an employer’s compliance obligations may be impacted if they incorporate some type of medical tourism into the group health plan. Suzanne leads off with a definition of ‘medical tourism,’ including travel for medical services and procedures both within and outside the US. Suzanne delves into some of the costs and coverages, including travel costs, that are generally included in medical tourism, issues regarding quality of care for treatment received in foreign countries, and how the tax consequences may play out for both the employer and the employee. Suzanne addresses transportation of foreign drugs back into the US following a foreign-performed surgery, and how the FDA may treat that drug transportation. Chase and Suzanne close with some of the practicalities in administration and compliance, including HIPAA, ERISA and vendor relations.

Every other week, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Soundcloud page every two weeks for the most up-to-date episode.

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November Webinar Series – Register Now

NFP’s Benefits Compliance team is hosting its next series of webinars in Nov. 2018. Trainings will be held at 3:00 p.m. ET on Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28. The respective topics are “Open Enrollment Checklist,” “Get Ready for Another Round of ACA Employer Reporting” and “Charting Your Course Through the Leave Labyrinth.”

The team reserves the right to change training topics in the event of significant legislative, judicial or regulatory developments.

Can’t make a live webinar? A recording of each session will be posted to the NFP Client Learning Portal within 48 hours of the live webinar. Those listening to a recorded webinar aren’t eligible for recertification credit.

The speaker will answer as many questions as possible during the webinar. If your question isn't answered by the end of the webinar, reach out to your advisor for assistance.


All programs are pending approval for 1 (general) recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HR Certification Institute website at