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COBRA Subsidy Updates for Participants

As your COBRA administrator, Ameriflex is committed to helping you navigate the new rules and changes to COBRA under The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Here, you will find the latest information regarding the COBRA subsidy, including administrative updates from Ameriflex, FAQs, and next steps. COBRA Premium Subsidy Overview  On March 11, 2021,...

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At an orientation session for my first real job out of college, many (many) years ago, an HR manager explained to our new hire class the benefit of investing in the company 401(k) plan. For a 20-something living paycheck to paycheck, seeing any dollar amount, no matter how small, disappear into an investment vehicle instead…

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The provisions of the federal COBRA law provide a valuable benefit to employees. The COBRA acronym is shorthand for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985. It requires employers of 20 or more employees who provide healthcare benefits to offer the option of continuing this coverage to individuals who would otherwise lose their benefits…

Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) are creatures of the federal tax code, which is notoriously complicated. To try to make things easier, we in the benefits industry sometimes use shorthand, but sometimes these only complicate things further, especially to those unfamiliar with benefits suchs as FSAs and HSAs. Especially confusing are…