EBIA Weekly Newsletter

If a Child Receiving COBRA Coverage Due to a Covered Employee’s Death Turns Age 26, Must the COBRA Maximum Coverage Period Be Extended?

   July 6, 2017

QUESTION: One of our employees died on January 31, 2016, and his daughter elected COBRA coverage under our group health plan, effective February 1. We know that the daughter can continue her COBRA coverage for 36 months (through January 31, 2019) if she pays her premiums on time and if no other circumstances permitting early … Read More

Let EBIA Be Your Partner in Benefits Compliance

   June 29, 2017

Staying on top of frequently changing benefits compliance requirements takes time and vigilance. EBIA can help you succeed. EBIA’s Benefits Compliance Library keeps you up-to-date on the legal requirements, with practical tips, checklists, and sample documents that make your job easier. Here are highlights of the latest enhancements to EBIA’s Cafeteria Plans and Fringe Benefits … Read More

IRS Announces Temporary Unavailability of Application Process for Transmitter Control Codes

   June 29, 2017

IRS QuickAlerts Bulletin (June 22, 2017) Available at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USIRS/bulletins/1a49064 The IRS has announced that changes to its e-Services platform will temporarily affect applications for the transmitter control code (TCC) used to access the Affordable Care Act Information Returns (AIR) Program. The AIR Program is the IRS’s system for accepting electronic filing … Read More

Claim for Benefits Does Not Preclude Additional ERISA Fiduciary Breach Claim

   June 29, 2017

Hancock v Aetna Life Ins. Co., 2017 WL 1710968 (W.D. Wash. 2017) After her claim for benefits under her employer’s long-term disability (LTD) plan was denied, this participant sued for the benefits and for breach of fiduciary duty. Her fiduciary breach claim asserted various defects in the plan’s claim procedures, including an unreasonable delay in … Read More