Posts in Employee Benefits

  1. COVID-19 Relief for Section 125 Plans and Increase in FSA Carryover (Benefit Minute)

    On May 12, the IRS issued 2 separate Notices that address relief for section 125 plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and an increase in the maximum carryover for health care flexible spending accounts.  While the guidance in both of these Notices is permissive and not required, employers and plan sponsors will want to […]

  2. PSA in Good Health May 2020 Tips

    According to the American Heart Association, nearly 20 percent of adult Americans are living with hypertension (high blood pressure) and don’t know it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a major risk factor for devastating health problems. Check out this month’s In Good Health flyer for eight key questions and answers regarding hypertension. For more information, […]

  3. COVID-19 Extension of Certain HIPAA/COBRA/ERISA Deadlines (Benefit Minute)

    On April 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01, as well as a proposed final rule that would extend certain timeframes applicable to employee benefit plans and their participants and beneficiaries, including special enrollment timeframes, COBRA deadlines, and ERISA claims procedure deadlines in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The guidance is […]

  4. No Insurance? Programs to Help Pay for Medications

    In light of the mass, unexpected closures due to COVID-19, many people have been laid off from their jobs and may lose health insurance on May 1. This makes paying for doctor visits and buying necessary items for daily use, such as specialty maintenance prescription drugs, a concern. Here’s some good news: if you can’t […]

  5. Should You Get a COVID-19 Antibody Test?

    Within the last week, testing centers such as LabCorp and Quest have started offering an antibody test for COVID-19. Many PSA clients have reached out with questions about this new test versus the official COVID-19 test, and who should receive which test. As a result, I wanted to address these two separate tests, and give […]

  6. 3 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Against COVID-19 (Part II)

    As countries around the world are working to find a vaccine and cure for COVID-19, many of us are resorting to prevention, and you may be wondering how you can boost your immune system to lessen your chances of contracting the COVID-19 virus. In my first installment of this blog series, I discussed the importance […]

  7. 3 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Against COVID-19 (Part I)

    With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are asking the question, “How can I boost my immune system to lessen my chances of contracting the COVID-19 virus?” On the whole, your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against illness. But sometimes, it fails — a germ or virus breaks through […]

  8. Families First Coronavirus Response Act Update #3 (Benefit Minute)

    On April 1, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary regulations intended to implement the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The effective date of these regulations was April 1, and they expire on December 31, 2020. The […]

  9. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Benefit Minute)

    On March 27th, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). This is primarily an economic stimulus package; however, there are certain employee benefit-related items.  This issue of the Benefit Minute discusses these items and provides a brief overview of certain other major provisions.