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March 11, 2021

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[Guidance Overview]

Dependent Care FSA Increase and Full COBRA Subsidies Pass Congress

"For calendar year 2021, the dependent care FSA limit increases to $10,500 ($5,250 for married individuals filing separately). [The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)] also includes full (100%) COBRA subsidies for April through September for employees and family members who lost coverage because of involuntary termination of employment or reduction of hours."  MORE >>

ABD Insurance & Financial Services

[Guidance Overview]

100% COBRA Subsidy Passed by Congress

"[T]he subsidy for COBRA premiums begins April 1, 2021, and ends on Sept. 30, 2021. While the bill makes clear that employees who have an involuntary termination or reduction in hours are eligible for the subsidy, the subsidy is not available for employees who terminate employment voluntarily."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

COBRA Help, Dependent Care Items in Stimulus Bill

"A special 60-day special election period is available to assistance-eligible individuals who haven't exhausted their original 18-month COBRA period and either did not elect COBRA when first eligible or elected COBRA but dropped it before April 1, 2021.... [These individuals] may receive the subsidy on a prospective basis, without having to elect and pay for COBRA retroactively for months prior to the subsidy becoming available."  MORE >>


The Value of Employer-Provided Healthcare Coverage

"62% of employees who took a COVID-19 test say that their coverage was helpful in getting and covering a test. 56% said that their telehealth and mental health services are more valuable now than they were a year ago before COVID-19 ... More than 60% said they plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 74% said it's important for their employer-provided coverage to cover the cost of the vaccine."  MORE >>

America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]

Health Savings Account (HSA) Tax Filing Guide for the 2021 Tax Season

"Since HSAs have so many tax advantages, the IRS requires specific reporting for these accounts.... [T]his guide [explains] how HSAs may be taxed and what forms may be important to filing your 2020 tax return."  MORE >>

Connect Your Care

Benefits in General

[Official Guidance]

Text of DOL NPRM: Withdrawal of Final Regs Defining Independent Contractor Status

37 pages. "The Department proposes to withdraw the Independent Contractor Rule, which has not yet taken effect. The Department's reasons for proposing to withdraw the Rule are explained [in this NPRM], and the Department requests comments on its proposal."  MORE >>

Wage and Hour Division [WHD], U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]

[Official Guidance]

Text of IRS Disaster Relief Notice for Louisiana Severe Winter Storm Victims

"Victims of Winter Storms that occurred February 11-19, 2021 now have until June 15, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns ... [A]ffected taxpayers in all 64 parishes will receive tax relief.... Taxpayers also have until June 15 to make 2020 IRA contributions." [LA-2021-02]  MORE >>

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

[Guidance Overview]

Congress Finalizes Stimulus Legislation with Health, Tax, and Retirement Changes

"[The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes] temporary COBRA and [ACA] subsidies intended to help people maintain health insurance coverage during the pandemic, and funding for COVID-19 vaccines and testing. The Act also includes ... extended funding stabilization for single-employer pension plans, financial assistance for certain multiemployer pension plans, and changes to the executive compensation rules."  MORE >>

Groom Law Group

[Guidance Overview]

Impact of the American Rescue Plan Act on Employers and Employees

"The Act includes a much-anticipated COBRA premium subsidy, pension plan funding relief, and several employer and employee protections for those hit hard by COVID-19."  MORE >>

Thompson Hine

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