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Additional Sections 125 and 129 Flexibility Included in COVID-19 Relief Legislation

In the recently passed COVID-19 relief legislation, Congress included several temporary changes to Section 125 and 129 rules that provide additional reimbursement and election change flexibility for plan participants.

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Significant Benefits Issues in New COVID-19 Relief Legislation

The COVID-19 relief bill recently passed by Congress contains several important employee benefit-related provisions, including restrictions on “surprise medical bills,” new plan and health cost reporting rules, and additional flexibility for participants of health flexible spending accounts (HFSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs).

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Lessons Learned from 2020 Healthcare Breaches

As technology advances, patients are becoming increasingly active partner 2020 has been a remarkable year full of challenges never before faced, testing our persistence and endurance to carry onward.

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COVID-19 Business Interruption Litigation Update

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the various versions of shutdown orders that followed from state governments in March 2020 many hospitality businesses filed business interruption claims with their respective carriers.

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Group Health Plan Coverage of COVID-19 Immunizations

As official approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is likely to be announced any day now for one or more vaccines, non-grandfathered group health plans must prepare to provide coverage for COVID-19 immunizations with no cost-sharing.

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Tax-Favored Employee Benefit for Disaster Relief

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are all acutely aware of its impact on employees and their families. On March 13, 2020, the pandemic was declared a national emergency. At that time, the door opened for tax-free assistance…

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Updated PCORI Fees Released

In Notice 2020-84, the IRS provided the adjusted PCORI fee of $2.66 for plan years ending in October 2020 through September 2021. Employers who sponsored self-funded group medical plans ending sometime during this time are required to report and pay the ACA Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees annually.

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Combustible Dust: The Big Risk of Small Particles

Combustible dust fires and explosions don’t show up in our newsfeeds very often, but they are catastrophic when they do.

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