This month's Benefits Buzz discusses the updated model COBRA notices and the deadline relief issued to help employee benefit plans and plan participants affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
This Compliance Overview summarizes the participant deadline extensions under a final rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which affect COBRA continuation coverage, special enrollment periods, claims for benefits, appeals of denied claims and external review of certain claims. It also includes the deadline extension pursuant to the DOL’s Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01, for notices and disclosures required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
The Department of Labor has released updated versions of its model COBRA General Notice and model COBRA Election Notice, both with an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2023. This Legal Update video explains further.
This Compliance Overview explores some of the pitfalls related to providing COBRA coverage and gives practical information for compliance with COBRA's complex rules. It includes tips on determining whether your plan must comply with COBRA, when COBRA coverage must be offered and how much a plan can charge for coverage.
COBRA imposes a variety of notice and disclosure requirements on employers, plan administrators and qualified beneficiaries. This Compliance Overview explains COBRA's notice and disclosure rules. It also includes a chart that summarizes these rules.
This Compliance Overview provides general information about the requirements for the COBRA General Notice.
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