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The ACA requires health insurance issuers and self-funded plan sponsors to pay PCORI fees to fund comparative effectiveness research. At the end of 2019, these fees were extended to apply through 2029. For plan years ending in 2019, PCORI fees are due July 31, 2019. This ACA Compliance Bulletin provides information on the deadline and the method for reporting and paying PCORI fees, including available transition relief for plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2019, and before Oct. 1, 2020.

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.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, states have passed new employee leave laws and issued new regulations and guidance on existing leave laws and programs. This Compliance Bulletin briefly summarizes new state leave rules designed for workers affected by COVID-19. The document has been updated to include measures in Michigan, Chicago, Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle.

Learn more about the COVID-19 infodemic and summer sun safety with this brief video.

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).

Horizon COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Guide