COVID-19 Relief and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) for employers

Update: The COVID-19 national emergency ended. As a result, group health plan related deadlines (e.g., COBRA election, special enrollment periods, and claims and appeal deadlines) will resume the earlier of (a) one year from the date when a member was first eligible for relief under the federal guidance, or (b) the end of the outbreak period (the outbreak period ends 60 days after the end of the COVID-19 national emergency) or another date announced by the Labor Department, the Treasury Department and the IRS. This FAQ includes several examples on pages 8-12 of how deadlines for ERISA election actions will apply with the end of the outbreak period.

This information reflects Tufts Health Plan’s interpretation of relevant statutes and guidance as of October 12, 2021. It is subject to change as further guidance is issued. This does not constitute legal advice. Employers, brokers, and consultants should consult with their own legal counsel.

Federal deadline extensions for COVID-19 relief

COBRA premium assistance (American Rescue Plan Act)




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