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UPDATES: Dependent Care, Outbreak Period, & ACA Requirements

UPDATES: Dependent Care, Outbreak Period, & ACA Requirements

In January we hosted a webinar and published a subsequent blog, How the Pandemic Affects FSAs and Dependent Care, and typical for this Pandemic, we now have updates for some of that information. Things are changing rapidly and e are working very hard to ensure you have the most current information possible, at all times.

Dependent Care

During the webinars we presented a few weeks ago a question kept coming up over and over:

"If an employer allows a roll-over of unused DCAP funds from 2020 to 2021 as allowed by the CAA-2021, does this reduce the maximum...

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Understanding Medicare & COBRA

Understanding Medicare & COBRA

I am not sure how many blogs have started with, "________ is SO hard to understand," but here we are again. COBRA is complicated and even more so when discussing Medicare. Thankfully, Medcom's Senior Legal Counsel, Michelle Barki, helped us out this week with a feature article from Medcom's quarterly Benefits Leader newsletter. If you find this article helpful (which I have no doubt you will) then subscribe to our email list at the top of the site!!

Now, on to Michelle's article:

Understanding COBRA and Medicare

Medicare, Eligibility, Entitlement

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COBRA Changes During the Pandemic

COBRA Changes During the Pandemic

Is it possible for time to move fast while simultaneously standing still? We've had that feeling quite a bit over the past few months, and we expect many of you feel the same. The pandemic started roughly seven months ago, and at times we think to ourselves at Medcom, "where has the time gone? These months have flown by." But in the same breath, we also feel that surely it's been 10 years since February, and we can't believe we are still in the year 2020!

Regardless, we are still here, we are still in a...

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Public Health Emergency Extended

Public Health Emergency Extended

Last Friday, July 24, the Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the extension of the Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19. The emergency period is extended by 90 days and favored by radiologists, hospitals, physicians, and many others. The previous emergency period would have expired on Saturday, July 25. Now, the declaration will last through October 23. The extension comes as a massive relief for Medicare and Medicaid providers and those on the frontlines battling this terrible pandemic. Nevertheless, I couldn't help but wonder: What does this mean for us ordinary folks? 

According to the press release...

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