DOL Temporarily Extends COBRA Sign-Up Deadlines
May 20, 2020
DOL Temporarily Extends COBRA Sign-Up Deadlines

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new final rule that temporarily extends the period in which eligible employees can elect COBRA health insurance coverage, and the deadline for them to begin making COBRA premium payments.

On May 4, the DOL and IRS jointly published Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak. The final rule extends time frames affecting participants' rights to health care coverage, portability and continuation of group health plan coverage under COBRA, and it extends the time for plan participants to file benefit claims or appeal denied claims.

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