health and benefits updates

Additional COBRA Premium Assistance Guidance Under ARPA

The DOL has issued additional COBRA premium assistance guidance under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

FuturePlan ERISA Team

DOL

Health and Welfare

Deadlines for Tax Filing and Certain Contributions Confirmed

The IRS makes official the previously announced delay of the April 15, 2021 federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year to May 17, 2021. 

FuturePlan ERISA Team

HSA

IRA

IRS

IRS Guidance

New Guidance on PPE as Medical Expense

The IRS has indicated that amounts paid for PPE that are primarily used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are treated as amounts paid for medical care. 

FuturePlan ERISA Team

HSA

IRS

IRS Guidance

American Rescue Plan Act Provides Coronavirus Relief

President Biden has signed legislation that funds another round of assistance as the nation copes with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

FuturePlan ERISA Team

Washington Pulse

Defined Benefit Plan

DOL

Health and Welfare

Legislative updates

Guidance Issued for Health Plans Regarding COVID-19 Services

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury have issued “FAQs About Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Implementation Part 44”. 

FuturePlan ERISA Team

COVID-19

Health and Welfare

DOL

IRS Details Additional Temporary Guidance for Cafeteria Plans

The IRS has issued Notice 2021-15, providing additional guidance and flexibility to employee benefit plans offering health FSA and dependent care arrangements. 

FuturePlan ERISA Team

IRS

IRS Guidance

HSA

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