Webinar: Recent Timeframes, Cafeteria Plan & Account-Based Plan Relief for Group Health Plans due to COVID-19

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 13:06 PM

 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT

On March 13, 2020, President Trump issued the Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak.

By separate letter, the President also made a determination, under Section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, that a national emergency exists nationwide beginning March 1, 2020, as the result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In response, the Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Internal Revenue Service (IRS), have been active with releasing guidance to help alleviate problems faced by health plans to comply with strict Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Internal Revenue Code (IRC) timeframes and problems faced by participants and beneficiaries in exercising their rights under health plans.

This webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of the extended group health plan timeframes (HIPAA special enrollment periods, COBRA deadlines, claims procedures, and external review process) set forth in the joint notice on extension of timeframes released by the DOL and the Treasury
  • Provide an overview of the relief issued under EBSA Notice 2020-01 regarding required notices and disclosures under Title I of ERISA
  • Discuss the extension of timeframes guidance from CMS for governmental health plans
  • Discuss best practices for amending plan documents and notifying plan participants of extended group health plan timeframes
  • Provide an overview of the new guidance contained in IRS Notice 2020-29 (including the cafeteria plan election changes and extended claims period for health FSAs and DCAPs)
  • Provide an overview of the new guidance contained in IRS Notice 2020-33 (including the increased health FSA carryover amount and reimbursement of premiums paid before the first day of the plan year)
  • Discuss best practices for amending plan documents and notifying plan participants of changes made in accordance with IRS Notice 2020-29 and IRS Notice 2020-33

This 60-minute intermediate level webinar will help employers understand new guidance that has been released and provide best practices for amending plan documents and notifying plan participants of plan modifications.

The presentation will be posted on the UBA website the afternoon before the webinar.

Register here.

This webinar event has been submitted to the Human Resource Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management to qualify for 1 re-certification credit hour.

PRESENTER

Jennifer Sandberg is an associate in the Atlanta office of Fisher Phillips. She provides practical guidance to employers on the technical aspects of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other state and federal laws impacting the design, implementation and ongoing compliance of employee benefit plans and programs. She advises clients with respect to all aspects of employee benefits, including retirement plans, health and other welfare benefit plans.

Registering for the Webinar

Since this program is conducted in partnership with a leading national firm, you will note there is a charge for attendance.  So, two options: you may RSVP directly to us and watch from our offices at no charge. Or, to view at your location, use our Priority Code: UBA613 for discounted access.

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