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COBRA Deadline Extension Relief Guidance Clarified

COBRA Deadline Extension Relief Guidance Clarified

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During the COVID-19 outbreak, Emergency Relief was issued regarding COBRA deadline extensions for electing coverage and paying premiums. The IRS issued Notice 2021-58 which clarifies the disregarded periods to elect COBRA coverage and to make COBRA premium payments generally run concurrently. The guidance provides the following rules to illustrate the applicable time frames:

  • If an individual elected COBRA coverage within the initial 60-day COBRA election time frame, they will have one year and 45 days after the date of the election to make their initial COBRA premium payment.
  • If an individual elected COBRA coverage outside of the initial 60-day COBRA election time frame, they generally will have one year and 105 days after the date the COBRA notice was provided to make the initial COBRA premium payment.

The guidance also references the interaction of the Emergency Relief with the COBRA subsidies that were made available for certain eligible individuals under the American Rescue Plan.

Employers should carefully review the guidance and ensure their ongoing compliance with the Emergency Relief as clarified by this notice.

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Rick Labian

Rick Labian

Rick Labian lives by the Golden Rule – he is guided by what is best for his clients and treats others as he would like to be treated. Rick acts as an advisor and advocate for his clients, helping to identify goals for their benefit programs and building a strategic plan together. Rick has a rich history with NIS. He has worked for NIS for over 20 years, leading the Eastern region. Rick is the manager and leads the FBC Client Management Team. Rick’s leadership and experience aids our internal staff and all of NIS’ FBC clients. Rick is a licensed insurance agent and is ACA certified through the National Association of Health Underwriters.