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Employers News & Insights: Premium Assistance for COBRA Benefits Notice 2021-31
June 2, 2021
On May 18, 2021, the IRS published Notice 2021-31 (the Notice), providing long-awaited guidance on the temporary Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) premium assistance 1 (COBRA subsidy) established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 2 (ARPA or the Act). This notice covers a very detailed and broad range of questions and answers that clarify the applicability of the Act's COBRA subsidy and will be helpful to employers and human resource individuals that will be impacted by the potential employment scenarios.
Blue Cross will waive member copays and deductibles for COVID-19 tests, among series of proactive steps on coronavirus
March 16, 2020
On Friday evening, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network joined other Blue plans around the nation in announcing that they will fully cover the cost of medically necessary COVID-19 tests for members in commercial fully insured health plans.