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DOL Issues ARPA Model Notices and FAQs

On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and model notices to implement the COBRA subsidy provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The FAQ guidance address a number of the questions that employers have been asking since ARPA was signed into law. Specifically, the […]

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PCORI Fee Increased for Plan Years Ending After October 1, 2020

The IRS is raising the fee that insurers or self-insured health plan sponsors will pay in 2021 to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) trust fund. The fee will be $2.66 per plan enrollee, up from $2.54 for the 2020 plan year, according to Notice 2020-84, which the IRS issued on November 24, 2020.  […]

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ARPA – The American Rescue Plan is Now Law

President Biden has now signed the $1.9 trillion relief bill commonly referred to as The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law. (PDF Link here).  Overall, the bill will provide relief in many forms, including but not limited to, direct stimulus payments to eligible recipients, unemployment assistance, aid for small businesses, and child […]

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DOL Update – National Emergency Period/Outbreak Guidance

Today is the day! The Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 has finally been unveiled by the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) branch of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), with additional coordination and review of the guidance by the Department of Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). […]

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Recent Stimulus Proposal from Biden Administration Could Expand COBRA and ACA Subsidies

In a January 14, 2021 Fact Sheet entitled the American Rescue Plan, the Biden Administration announced their intent to expand healthcare coverage as a result of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The key points for our purposes involve the expansion of premium subsidies under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and the Affordable Care […]

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EEOC Provides Guidance on Workplace COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

EEOC guidance about how a COVID-19 vaccination interacts with requirements of federal laws Options to avoid violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) Resources and materials related to COVID-19 and the EEOC guidance EEOC Provides Guidance on […]

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Update on COVID – Progression and Vaccines

Written by: Scott Mayer, Director of AP Data Analytics It’s 2021 and COVID-19 has not vanished like some had predicted or hoped. The virus continues to affect hundreds of thousands of Americans directly, and millions more indirectly. There are many metrics available to track the direct impact and spread of the virus itself, but they […]

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AssuredPartners’ Webinar | Workplace Health & Productivity During a Pandemic

Learn from AssuredPartners’ Health & Productivity consultants what employers are doing to drive engagement, boost morale and create a healthy work environment during a pandemic. Certified Corporate Wellness Specialists, Cary Seager and Kristin Meschler, will discuss the whys and hows to creating short- and long-term strategies that include trends in this COVID-19 environment. Learning objectives […]

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Year-End Stimulus Bill Offers Optional FSA Relief

12/27/2020 Update:  After much debate, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA 2021) was signed by the President on Sunday, December 27, 2020. As this Congress wanted to wish us well for the holidays, they passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA).  Below please find some highlights for those factors that may affect health and welfare […]

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