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05/19/2021

IRS Weighs in on ARPA COBRA Subsidy

Summary The IRS issued guidance on a wide range of questions pertaining to the subsidies that employers are required to offer to COBRA qualified beneficiaries under the American Rescue Plan Act. The Upshot The guidance follows up on prior U.S. Department of Labor guidance, is generally consistent with prior IRS guidance, and includes an extensive [&hellip… Continue Reading »
04/12/2021

Q&A: COBRA Subsidiaries Under the American Rescue Plan

The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance on April 7 about the new COBRA subsidy rules under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). However, the DOL left some significant questions unanswered. More guidance on the COBRA provisions in ARP are expected. But until then, we address the most common questions below in an effort to provide [&hellip… Continue Reading »
04/07/2021

COBRA Premium Assistance

The United States Department of Labor has issued much anticipated guidance and model forms under the COBRA subsidy rules introduced by the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The FAQ guidance and forms clarify some issues that employers have raised about the COBRA subsidy provisions of the ARP, but leave a number of the most significant questions unanswered. Clarifications and confirmations [&hellip… Continue Reading »
03/03/2021

A Rolling Extension – New Guidance on Employee Benefit Deadlines

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice that addresses how the extension announced last year for certain employee benefit deadlines will apply now that the commencement date for the extension has passed its one-year anniversary. Last spring, the DOL and IRS issued two notices that extended various deadlines for employee benefit plans and their [&hellip… Continue Reading »
02/22/2021

IRS Issues New Flexible Spending Account Rules

The IRS issued a notice that addresses many of the questions employers have raised about flexible spending accounts (FSAs) in view of the new rules set forth in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA). The CAA provides temporary relief for concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing: 1. temporary expansions of the opportunity to carry [&hellip… Continue Reading »
02/16/2021

COBRA Subsidies Included in Latest Stimulus Proposal

Group health plan sponsors and administrators may soon need to introduce changes to their offer of continued coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). The House Education and Labor Committee has proposed temporary COBRA subsidies and other modifications as part of the current COVID-19 stimulus package that is working its way [&hellip… Continue Reading »
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