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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

May 21, 2021

2 New Job Opportunities


[Guidance Overview]

More COBRA Subsidy Notice Questions (and a Few Answers)

"Who needs to receive the Notices in connection with ARPA's Extended Election Period? ... Do I need to send a notice to someone who I know has Medicare, or who I know is Medicare aged / eligible (or who I know has or is eligible for other group health coverage)? ... If we just went through a business re-organization transaction, who is responsible for sending the ARPA notices and offering subsidized coverage?"  MORE >>

HUB International

[Guidance Overview]

IRS Provides Needed Guidance on COBRA Premium Assistance

"[This article provides] a compilation of the IRS's FAQs [with] topical categories for easier navigation. Within each category are the main clarifications in the guidance and the question numbers from the FAQ for easy reference."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

IRS Defines 'Involuntary Termination' Along with Other ARPA COBRA Subsidy Answers

"The biggest question has been 'What is an involuntary termination?' ... While many cases are obvious, the cases at the margins are the challenging. The Q&As give some helpful guidance on those marginal cases.... Small changes in facts and circumstances can trigger different results."  MORE >>

HUB International

[Guidance Overview]

IRS Issues Long-Awaited ARPA COBRA Subsidy Guidance

"Employers may require that employees provide a self-certification or attestation regarding whether they qualify for the COBRA subsidy.... Employers must retain records to substantiate eligibility for the credit and provide such documentation to the IRS upon request.... The credit for a quarter ... includes the 2% administrative fee (i.e., 102% of the applicable premium)."  MORE >>

ABD Insurance & Financial Services

[Guidance Overview]

IRS Clarifies Taxation of Dependent Care Assistance Programs

"IRS Notice 2021-26 is welcome news: DCAP participants affected by the pandemic will not be faced with surprising tax consequences as the result of 2021's temporarily increased exclusion amount or the carryover of unused funds or extended grace periods."  MORE >>

Verrill Dana LLP

[Guidance Overview]

New Mexico Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

"The Healthy Workplaces Act will require employers to provide employees working in the state -- including part-time, seasonal or temporary workers -- at least one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 worked, up to a maximum of 64 leave hours per year. The law applies to employers with at least one employee who works in the state, but exempts the state and any political subdivision."  MORE >>


Senate Finance Committee Considers Telehealth Expansion; Payment Approaches Are Key Talking Point

"During a congressional hearing, a healthcare policy expert said fee-for-service is not a viable way to fund a Medicare telehealth expansion. Implementation of capitated payment models for telehealth is essential both to manage overall spending and to promote innovation, experts said. Pending legislation would permanently incorporate some of the telehealth waivers that were established in response to the public health emergency."  MORE >>

Healthcare Financial Management Association [HFMA]

Benefits in General

Employee Benefits Attorney Rick Menson Dies

"Richard (Rick) Lloyd Menson ... died unexpectedly on 5/17/21 in Dunwoody, Georgia.... He joined Gardner, Carton, and Douglas in Chicago, Illinois [soon after service ending in 1973 as a Judge Advocate General, including service in Vietnam] and was a partner from 1977-1998. In 1998 he joined McGuireWoods as managing partner of the Chicago office. He retired in 2012. " [Menson was a member of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.]  MORE >>

Dignity Memorial

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