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Updates on important legal developments as they occur.

Recent Changes to Public Health Guidance on Masking

On May 16, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued revised guidance on mask wearing. This guidance states that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask except while using public transportation, as provided by workplace, business, or other organizations’ guidance, or as provided by federal, state, or local law. The CDC also recommends that individuals continue to wear masks in health care settings, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters

Subsidized COBRA Coverage Now Available to Certain Individuals

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 places several new obligations on group health plan sponsors, which in many situations are employers, with respect to federal COBRA and state health insurance continuation laws. The most important change is that certain individuals are now eligible to enroll in continuation coverage and have their continuation coverage premiums 100% subsidized by the plan sponsor. The plan sponsor is then eligible for tax credits from the federal government to recoup the cost of this subsidy.

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