Due to the blizzard which hit the Delmarva region Saturday, our office will open late on Monday, January 25, 2016.
We expect to open around Noon, due to delays in getting our entrance and driveway lane plowed until then. We understand our entrance from Little Creek Road has a snow berm at least 3ft tall and it looks like substantial snow depth down the lane due to snow drifts.
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The Home Builders Association of Delaware is pleased to announce that two of its members have been appointed to the NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council Board of Trustees, Steve Bomberger and Debra Young! We are delighted to have Steve and Debra representing Delaware at the national 55+ Housing Industry level.
Steve Bomberger has been reappointed to the 55+ Housing Industry Council Board of Trustees. Steve previously served as Chairman of the NAHB Board of Trustees, and has longstanding experience in developing and selling homes in the 55+ market in Delaware.
Debra Young has been reappointed to the 55+ Housing Industry Council Board of Trustees for the third year in a row. She has extensive experience with this market segment and been a frequent guest lecturer both here in Delaware and nationally at the International Builders Show.
Congratulations to both Steve and Debra! We are pleased that their insights and experience will continue to be shared with their counterparts across the country, and that we surely will benefit here in Delaware from the knowledge they gain.
A guest op-ed article from Kevin Whittaker, President, Home Builders Association of Delaware
As we begin the new year, it is imperative that Congress takes immediate action to prevent the IRS from imposing back-breaking fines on small businesses in Delaware and across the nation who are simply trying to provide affordable health care to their workers.
For years, many small business owners have reimbursed employees for medical care and services through Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), which allow businesses to offer pre-tax dollars to insured employees to help pay premiums and/or other out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care and services.
However, the IRS has issued guidance preventing employers from using HRAs to reimburse employees for health care-related expenses. According to the IRS, these arrangements don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act’s rules requiring minimum benefit and annual dollar cap requirements for health insurance plans offered by employers.
Not only does the IRS guidance prevent small businesses from using HRAs, it also dictates that all employers – regardless of size – can face fines of $100 per day per employee if they offer HRAs to their workers. That can amount to $36,500 per employee over the course of a year and up to $500,000 in total. The new IRS regulation went into effect on July 1, meaning that employers who have continued to offer HRAs to their employees could face retroactive fines of more than $18,000 per employee.
Imposing exorbitant fines on small business owners is counterproductive and will not solve our nation’s health care challenges. Most businesses in Delaware have fewer than 50 employees and are not mandated to provide health coverage to their workers under the Affordable Care Act. HRAs are an important tool that allows small business owners to help their workers defray the high cost of insurance premiums and other out-of-pocket medical expenses.
As a member of the home building community, I can tell you that most local builders do not have human resources departments or benefits specialists. HRAs will provide home builders and other small businesses a simpler, easier way to help their employees with rising medical costs.
Fortunately, bipartisan legislation is pending in both chambers of Congress that would bring choice and affordability to the health care marketplace. The Small Business Healthcare Relief Act (Senate bill S. 1697 and House bill H.R. 2911) would restore the use of HRAs and rescind any penalties associated with them.
Senator Chris Coons should be commended for standing up for his constituents by co-sponsoring this vital legislation. I urge Senator Tom Carper to follow suit and add his name to the bill. Prompt congressional approval will assure that our small businesses in Delaware will not have to face astronomical fines for helping their workers to better afford their health care coverage.
Home Builders Association of Delaware, wanted to share the newly engraved James C. McCulley Associate of the Year Award plaque, and Congratulate Jim once again! As you may recall, our Executive Committee secretly voted to rename our top Associate award and announce at the 2015 Leadership & Legacy Ball. The award is now the James C. McCulley Associate of the Year Award in recognition of Jim’s tireless and longstanding service to our Association. Jim had served as our first Associate Vice President, Chair of our Associates Council, and as a national director representing Delaware at the National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors.
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