President Biden Directs States to Make All Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine by May 1

President Biden Directs States to Make All Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine by May 1

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden directed states to make all adults, ages 18 and older, eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations by May 1. The directive came during Biden’s first prime-time address, one year after the COVID-19 pandemic began and hours after signing his administration’s $1.9 trillion relief bill into law. The president announced…

COBRA Subsidy Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act
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COBRA Subsidy Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law March 11, 2021, provides a 100% subsidy of premiums for employer-sponsored group health insurance continued under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA) and similar state continuation of coverage (mini-COBRA) programs. ARPA subsidies cover the full cost of COBRA or mini-COBRA premiums from April 1, 2021, through Sept….

American Rescue Plan

American Rescue Plan

President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law on March 11, 2021. Along with providing financial relief for individuals, state and local governments, schools, businesses and for other purposes, the law contains the following measures of special interest to employers and their employees: American Rescue Plan Contains Employment-related Provisions A subsidy…

CDC Updates Quarantine Recommendations for Vaccinated Individuals

CDC Updates Quarantine Recommendations for Vaccinated Individuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released interim COVID-19 vaccine considerations. Notably, the guidance states that fully vaccinated individuals who meet certain criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following exposure to someone with COVID-19. According to the CDC, vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19…

Exchange Special Enrollment Provided Due to COVID-19

Exchange Special Enrollment Provided Due to COVID-19

On Jan. 28, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new special enrollment period (SEP) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through Exchanges using the federal www.HealthCare.gov platform. States using their own Exchange platforms are strongly encouraged to make a similar SEP available in their states. Highlights A new SEP will be available Feb. 15,…

Comparing the Two Major COVID-19 Stimulus Packages

Comparing the Two Major COVID-19 Stimulus Packages

President Donald Trump recently signed into law an emergency stimulus package designed to deliver approximately $900 billion in COVID-19-related aid. The chart provides an overview of the highlights of the new stimulus package, and how it compares to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law in March 2020. This will likely…