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Melanie’s News - The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)…. Some Key Insurance Components

April 20, 2021
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April News

With the recent passing of The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), we have summarized some key components as it relates to Health Insurance.

 

Cobra Premium Subsidy

  • The American Rescue Plan Act requires eligible Employers to offer COBRA or State Continuation coverage to Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEI’s) free of charge (a subsidy of 100%)
  • AEI’s must be qualified beneficiaries who lost group coverage due to involuntary termination or reduction in hours
  • Eligibility of subsidy is from April 1st 2021 – September 30th 2021

 

Increase to Dependent Care FSA Annual limit

  • The new Dependent Care FSA Annual limit for pre-tax contributions has increased to $10,500 for single taxpayers and married couples filing jointly. *this is an increase from $5,000 in previous years*
  • This increased limit applies to plan years starting after December 31st 2020 and before Jan 1, 2022.

 

Extension of Marketplace Open Enrollment and Premium Subsidy Availability

  • Open Enrollment extended in the Marketplace until August 15 2021 for ALL consumers
  • Increased eligibility for financial assistance (premium subsidy) via the Marketplace
  • This expansion will provide additional assistance for those already eligible and “new” assistance for some who previously were not eligible.
  • pennie.com has a Savings Calculator which will help with getting an idea of cost savings
  • We are a PENNIE certified broker and would be happy to help you through this process

 

Give us a call at 215-579-5601 or email us at info@ewmginc.com if you have any questions. 

If you have any life changes or updates that you need us to address (I.e., marriage, birth of a child, loss of coverage, etc) please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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 Melanie@ewmginc.com

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