Understanding Employee Benefits

Agencies Issue Guidance Requiring Coverage for Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests

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Beginning January 15, 2022, and through the duration of the public health emergency, insurers and group health plans must cover at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests available over-the-counter (OTC) without imposing cost-sharing, prior authorization, or other medical management requirements. This requirement stems from the latest guidance issued on January 10, 2022, by... Read More

Topics: Health Plan

Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2022

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Updated November 18, 2021 On November 4, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2021-61, which sets forth the 2022 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions for qualified retirement plans.  The health savings account (HSA) and high deductible health plan (HDHP) annual deductible and out-of-pocket expense... Read More

Topics: Cafeteria Plans, Health Plan, Retirement Plans

Agencies Issue COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Guidance

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On October 4, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Treasury jointly issued FAQs relating to COVID-19 vaccine incentives and surcharges. Under the guidance, employers may provide incentives such as premium discounts or surcharges through group health plans to incentivize COVID-19 vaccines, provided the incentive... Read More

Topics: Health Care Reform, Health Plan, Welfare Plans

IRS Releases Guidance on Premium Subsidies for Continuation Coverage under COBRA

On May 18, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released much-anticipated guidance on premium subsidies for continuation coverage under Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  For more information about the ARPA and COBRA subsidies, see Stinson’s previous blog:... Read More

Topics: Health Plan, Multi-employer Plans

DOL’s ARPA COBRA Subsidy Notices and FAQs: Stay Tuned for More

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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) into law. Under ARPA, certain employees and their dependents who lost group health coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the employee’s involuntary termination (other than for gross misconduct) or reduction of hours are allowed... Read More

Topics: Cafeteria Plans, Health Plan, Payroll, Welfare Plans

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT CONTAINS MANY EMPLOYEE BENEFITS RELATED PROVISIONS

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “ARPA”) into law.  Many of the provisions in this sweeping legislation bring changes to the employee benefits world of which employers should take note and which are summarized below. Subsidized COBRA The ARPA contains several... Read More

Topics: Executive Compensation, Health Plan, Multi-employer Plans, Retirement Plans

IRS Guidance on Coronavirus Relief for FSAs, DCAPs, and Cafeteria Plans: Almost Anything Goes

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On February 18, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-15, clarifying temporary special rules for cafeteria plans, health flexible spending accounts (“FSAs”), and dependent care assistance programs (“DCAPs”) that were included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (“CAA”), enacted on December 27, 2020.  The Notice also adds temporary opportunities to make changes... Read More

Topics: Cafeteria Plans, Health Plan

Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2021

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On October 26, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-79, which sets forth the 2021 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions for qualified retirement plans. The IRS also announced the dollar limitation for employee salary reductions for contributions to health flexible spending arrangements in Revenue... Read More

Topics: Cafeteria Plans, Health Plan, Retirement Plans