Regulatory and Legislative

COVID-19 Relief Extended for Another Year

In March 2020, the President declared a national emergency effective March 1, 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The national emergency was extended for one year until February 28, 2022. On February 18, 2022, the President once again extended the national emergency until February 28, 2023. The extended national emergency provides relief to health and welfare plans related to the following.

  • COBRA notices (i.e., employer and employee), payment, and election
  • HIPAA special enrollment requests
  • Claims and appeals request and claims perfection

As clarified in Notice 2021-01, the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Treasury explained the disregarded period applies on a person-by person basis and cannot exceed one year, as follows:

  • one year from the date an individual was first eligible for relief, or
  • 60 days after the announced end of the National Emergency.

Employers should continue to monitor deadlines pursuant to prior guidance.

Regulatory and Legislative

ESG Final Rule Published in Federal Register

ESG Final Rule Published in Federal Register

The DOL’s final rule titled Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights has been published in the Federal Register.