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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

March 31, 2021

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[Guidance Overview]

Summary of Key Provisions Within the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

"ARPA expands voluntary paid sick leave availability by adding two additional qualifying reasons to the six existing qualifying reasons for EPSL.... ARPA also considerably expands EFMLA leave beyond the sole qualifying reason of caring for a child due to a COVID-19 related school closure or unavailability of childcare."  MORE >>

GrayRobinson, P.A.

[Guidance Overview]

COBRA Subsidies Under ARPA: Employer Action Needed

"[H]ealth plan sponsors will need to consider how the new COBRA election window might overlap with existing election rights.... [S]ome participants may effectively have the right to choose whether to have their coverage apply retroactively or prospectively starting with the subsidy period."  MORE >>

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

[Guidance Overview]

Employer Tax Relief for Student Loan Debt Becomes a Strong Recruitment and Retention Tool

"Employers may save up to 10% in federal and state taxes (varying according to state tax rates) ... Studies have indicated a large majority of employees between the ages of 21 and 36 would commit to an employer for five years in exchange for assistance in paying off their student loans."  MORE >>

HUB International

[Guidance Overview]

ARPA Extends Employer Tax Credits for Voluntary Leave: Things You Need To Know

"Extends tax credits for voluntarily provided leave from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021 ... Offers additional reasons for leave eligible for tax credits ... Expands qualifying reasons for leave and tax credit limits ... Creates non-discrimination rules ... [C]an you provide leave for some qualifying reasons, but not others?"  MORE >>

Fisher Phillips

[Guidance Overview]

FSAs, HRAs, and HSAs May Reimburse PPE Expenses

"Employers may deem the utility of a retroactive amendment to be limited as many individuals may not have kept records of their PPE expenses ... A prospective amendment may be more valuable[.]"  MORE >>

Nixon Peabody LLP

Employers Are Doubling Down on Efforts to Support COVID-19 Vaccinations and Health Reforms

"83% will continue to allow people to work from home ... 81% are providing information on benefits of the vaccines, 76% are offering education for employees about eligibility, 69% on safety and efficacy and 67% on how to access and over 80% of very large employers anticipate providing onsite COVID-19 vaccines before the year is up."  MORE >>

National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

Hospitals Hide Pricing Data from Online Search Results

"The information must be disclosed under a federal rule aimed at making the $1 trillion sector more consumer friendly. But hundreds of hospitals embedded code in their websites that prevented ... search engines from displaying pages with the price lists, according to the Journal examination of more than 3,100 sites."  MORE >>

The Wall Street Journal; subscription may be required

Benchmarking Considerations for Designing Your Health Plan

"The 2020 Employee Benefits Survey ... provides benchmarking data on their health care offerings, covered dependents, plan funding, dental and orthodontia benefits, prescription drug offerings and other benefits. [This article describes] some benchmarking takeaways from the survey to help guide your plan decision making."  MORE >>

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans [IFEBP]

Small Businesses Struggling with High Cost of Healthcare Benefits

"Among small business owners who have reduced health insurance, 36% have decreased their employer contribution for healthcare premiums, and 56% moved to a plan with a lower premium.... [N]early 1 in 5 small business owners say they plan to make changes to or reduce healthcare coverage in the next few months."  MORE >>

Families USA

Employee Benefits Jobs

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for Alliance Pension Consultants, LLC

401(k) Retirement Plan Administrator

Alliance Pension Consultants, LLC

Deerfield IL

Press Releases

Transamerica Enhances Voluntary Workplace Benefits with ClaimsMinder


American Trust Partners with TAG Resources to Launch Pooled Employer Plan

American Trust

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Things You Can Do Now to Ensure a Smoother Benefits Year

April 13, 2021 WEBCAST

SHRM [Society for Human Resource Management]

Fiduciary Institute Series 2021: Part 6 - ERISA Litigation Hot Topics

April 14, 2021 WEBCAST

American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits [JCEB]

Fiduciary Institute Series 2021: Part 5 - Fiduciary Hot Topics

April 14, 2021 WEBCAST

American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits [JCEB]

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

American Rescue Plan Act: COBRA Strikes

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

Text of Draft IRS Publication 598: Tax on Unrelated Business Income of Exempt Organizations (PDF)

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

New COBRA Subsidies Create Urgency for Employers

Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

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