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  • More Clarity Regarding Employer Mandates for At-Home COVID-19 Testing

    As employers and insurers continue to establish programs to enable participants in group health plans to receive at-home COVID-19 tests at no cost, even without a prescription, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued additional guidance and an updated FAQ providing further clarification and flexibility to insurers and plan sponsors in providing coverage to eligible individuals.  This... Continue Reading…
    February 7, 2022
  • More Clarity Regarding Employer Mandates for At-Home COVID-19 Testing

    As employers and insurers continue to establish programs to enable participants in group health plans to receive at-home COVID-19 tests at no cost, even without a prescription, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued additional guidance and an updated FAQ providing further clarification and flexibility to insurers and plan sponsors in providing coverage to eligible...
    February 7, 2022
  • At-Home COVID-19 Testing Options and Alternatives

    In fulfillment of President Biden’s promise to make at-home COVID tests more available for all of us, two significant action steps have now occurred: Every U.S. household has access to free at-home COVID-19 tests. As of January 18, 2022, any individual with a residence in the United States may request up to four (4) at-home COVID test... Continue Reading
    January 21, 2022
  • At-Home COVID-19 Testing Options and Alternatives

    In fulfillment of President Biden’s promise to make at-home COVID tests more available for all of us, two significant action steps have now occurred: Every U.S. household has access to free at-home COVID-19 tests. As of January 18, 2022, any individual with a residence in the United States may request up to four (4) at-home COVID test... Continue Reading…
    January 20, 2022
  • At-Home COVID-19 Testing Options and Alternatives

    In fulfillment of President Biden’s promise to make at-home COVID tests more available for all of us, two significant action steps have now occurred: Every U.S. household has access to free at-home COVID-19 tests. As of January 18, 2022, any individual with a residence in the United States may request up to four (4) at-home...
    January 19, 2022
  • New PCORI Fee Amounts Announced for the 2022 Reporting Period

    The IRS just released IRS Notice 2022-04 that provides the updated fee for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) paid by fully insured and self-funded health plans for the upcoming tax reporting period. As we stated before, even though the original PCORI fee assessments under the Affordable Care Act were scheduled to end after September 30,...
    December 22, 2021
  • Employer Vaccine Surcharges—Yes, You Can!

    As employers consider implementing a vaccine mandate to encourage employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, we have recently discussed the merits of imposing a “vaccine surcharge” on monthly health insurance premiums for those employees who remain unvaccinated.  There were unanswered questions about specific legal issues, but now the Department of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS),... Continue Reading…
    October 6, 2021
  • Employer Vaccine Surcharges—Yes, You Can!

    As employers consider implementing a vaccine mandate to encourage employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, we have recently discussed the merits of imposing a “vaccine surcharge” on monthly health insurance premiums for those employees who remain unvaccinated.  There were unanswered questions about specific legal issues, but now the Department of Labor (DOL), Health and Human...
    October 5, 2021
  • IRS Provides Clarity on ARPA COBRA Subsidy Impact on State “Mini-COBRA” Plans

    In our most recent summary of IRS Notice 2021-31, we noted the Internal Revenue Service provided much-needed clarity to looming compliance challenges as employers, insurers, and others race to implement the applicable COBRA premium subsidy provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  While there are many other important clarifications made by the...… Continue Reading
    May 23, 2021
  • IRS Provides Clarity on ARPA COBRA Subsidy Impact on State “Mini-COBRA” Plans

    In our most recent summary of IRS Notice 2021-31, we noted the Internal Revenue Service provided much-needed clarity to looming compliance challenges as employers, insurers, and others race to implement the applicable COBRA premium subsidy provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  While there are many other important clarifications made by the... Continue Reading…
    May 23, 2021

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