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March 5, 2021

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[Guidance Overview]

Health & Welfare Benefits Update, March 2021 (PDF)

21 presentation slides. Topics: [1] Legislative update; [2] Outbreak period update; [3] COBRA subsidy: a deeper dive; [4] Notice 2021-15: FSA and election change relief; [5] Further agency guidance on COVID testing and vaccinations.  MORE >>

Alston & Bird

[Guidance Overview]

Agencies Clarify Health Plan Coverage of COVID-19 Tests and Vaccines

"The agencies have clearly signaled that any exceptions to mandatory coverage of COVID-19 diagnostic testing and immunizations will be strictly and narrowly construed."  MORE >>

Thomson Reuters / EBIA

[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon Surprise DOL Guidance on Conclusion of One-Year ERISA Compliance Relief Period

"Since the time frames for certain participants to act could have ended today or could have ended earlier this week, action for most health and welfare plan sponsors should be a priority item. Plan sponsors will need to understand the new interpretation of the extension as applied to its participants."  MORE >>

The Wagner Law Group

COBRA Subsidies Pass House, Outbreak Period Capped at One Year

"Included among the many COVID-19 relief provisions is a COBRA subsidy structure designed to provide an 85% COBRA subsidy to employees and family members losing group health plan coverage due to an involuntary termination of employment or reduction in hours."  MORE >>

ABD Insurance & Financial Services

New York Legislature Passes Bill Granting Paid Leave for Employees Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

"[The bill requires] that all private employers provide their employees with a 'sufficient period of time,' up to four hours, of paid leave to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.... The leave cannot be charged against any other leave to which the employee is entitled, including the recently enacted paid sick leave requirements."  MORE >>

Fisher Phillips

Voluntary Benefits Trends to Help Employers in War for Talent

"Holistic wellness solutions take front and center role ... Executive benefits are a winning play for senior talent ... Data analytics guide benefits strategy and design."  MORE >>

HUB International


Trade-Offs in Public Health Insurance Design

"Would the US population be better off with a simple, single-payer, uniform Medicare-for-all type of insurance plan?"  MORE >>

JAMA Network

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Press Releases

Ascensus Announces Completion of Truist Retirement Recordkeeping Acquisition


Webcasts and Conferences

Regulatory and Legislative Update

March 11, 2021 WEBCAST


The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and Plan Sponsors

March 16, 2021 WEBCAST


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Nixon Peabody LLP

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