United States Department of Labor

Posted April 8th, 2021 in Employers, Producers

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued an FAQ on April 7, 2021 relative to the application of COBRA subsidies authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The information below summarizes the content of the FAQ.

Model Notices

The DOL has provided the following model notices:

Posted February 25th, 2021 in Employers, Producers

UPDATE: We have since received additional guidance from the Department of Labor, which clarifies that the COBRA extension end date is specific to each individual.

Posted October 21st, 2020 in Employers, Producers

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. The national emergency took effect on March 1, 2020, and it has yet to expire. Following the national emergency declaration came a wave of guidance and regulations, including guidance and regulations which impacted deadlines associated with employee benefit programs.

Posted April 30th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance that will impact COBRA procedures, special enrollment periods, and claims procedures. The guidance will extend the length of certain time periods applicable to group health plans, disability plans and other welfare plans regulated by the ERISA law. Plan participants and beneficiaries will have additional time to do the following:

Posted November 1st, 2018 in Employers, Producers

The Department of Labor (DoL), Department of Treasury (DoT) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have jointly proposed new rules that would impact Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) effective January 1, 2020.

Posted July 25th, 2018 in Producers, Employers
Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized new rules pertaining to association health plans (AHPs). The intent of the new rules is to make it easier for small businesses (including self-employed individuals) to join forces when purchasing health insurance coverage.
Posted August 15th, 2016 in Producers, Employers
If you are an employer who offers a group health plan to employees who reside in the following states, then the Department of Labor (DOL) requires you to provide a premium assistance notice to employees who are eligible for the group health plan and who are also eligible (or may become eligible) for Medicaid, including the employees children who are also eligible (or may become eligible) for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): 
 
Posted August 3rd, 2016 in Producers, Employers
According to a DOL website, “The Form 5500 Series is an important compliance, research, and disclosure tool for the Department of Labor, a disclosure document for plan participants and beneficiaries, and a source of information and data for use by other Federal agencies, Congress, and the private sector in assessing employee benefit, tax, and economic trends and policies.
Posted September 25th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

New guidance was released on September 13, 2013 that applies to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and other employer healthcare arrangements. Much of the guidance impacts employers that want to provide reimbursements to employees to help pay for individual health insurance policy premiums. Many employers have given this idea some consideration instead of offering a traditional group health plan to reduce their costs.

Posted August 20th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires non-grandfathered plans to impose limitations on out-of-pocket expenses for essential health benefits starting in 2014. The out-of-pocket limitations will be capped next year at $6,350 for single coverage and $12,700 for family coverage. 

However, some self-funded plans will be exempt from this requirement until 2015. The guidance indicates that self-funded plans contracting with multiple service providers can delay this requirement for one year. 

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