Public Health National Emergency Officially Extended
The public health national emergency has officially been extended through October 23 by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS must renew public health emergencies every 90 days.
Renewal of Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists | HHS (7/23/20)
The Implication for Group Health Plans
This means the DOL mandatory deadline extensions for group health (including health FSAs and HRAs), disability, and other welfare plans remain in effect for an additional 90 days.
When calculating deadlines, plans must disregard the "Outbreak Period", which runs from March 1, 2020, until 60 days after the announced end of the National Emergency (or another announced date by the DOL/IRS).
For participants and beneficiaries, the Outbreak Period ("National Emergency") is disregarded in connection with: