Employers/Employees Get Mid-Year Break on Cafeteria Plan Changes and COBRA Deadlines

OMA Connections Partner Bricker & Eckler reports that the IRS recently issued Notice 2020-29, allowing ยง125 cafeteria plans and high-deductible health plan (HDHP) changes during the remainder of 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For example, employees who declined employer-sponsored health coverage at the beginning of the plan year may now elect to enroll. Employees enrolled in employer coverage can switch to different coverage offered by the same employer. Employees can disenroll from employer coverage in order to enroll in other coverage immediately. 5/18/2020