Learn more about the Employee Benefit Plan industry, news, updates, issues, and other topics related to group insurance plans.

May 7, 2021

HHS Extends Public Health Emergency

The COVID-19 pandemic Public Health Emergency, scheduled to expire on April 21, 2021, was renewed. This will once again extend the period for an additional […]
May 7, 2021

BCBS Antitrust Litigation and Tentative Settlement

Impact on Group Health Plans Antitrust litigation that commenced against the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and member companies in 2012 appears to be coming […]
April 26, 2021

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Admin Costs

Medicare has increased and simplified its payment rate for administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to $40 per dose. This change may impact group health plans with respect to their payment rate to providers.
April 16, 2021

COVID-19 PPE Now a Qualified Medical Expense

On March 26, 2021, the IRS issued IRS Announcement 2021-7, which clarifies that amounts paid for certain personal protective equipment (“COVID-19 PPE”) used to prevent […]
April 9, 2021

Guidance on the 2021 COBRA Subsidy

On April 7, 2021, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued FAQs regarding implementation of the 2021 COBRA premium assistance (or “COBRA subsidy”). The 2021 COBRA […]
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