United Benefit Advisors (UBA) has created Answers to Frequently Asked Questions During the COVID-19 Crisis, a dedicated blog that will continue to be updated as more guidance is provided for the FFCRA and CARES Act:
In addition, a new UBA Compliance Advisor provides Part 1 of the FFCRA DOL Temporary Regulations. The memo is attached or CLICK HERE to download.
As mentioned in the March 30, 2020 update, many new health care products are now eligible expenses with FSA and HSA funds. Feminine/menstrual care products and over-the-counter drugs (antihistamines, antacids, cold medications, etc.) without a prescription are now eligible expenses.
All expenses incurred after December 31, 2019 are eligible. Most stores and online retail outlets will be updating their systems to reflect the new changes which will allow the debit card to be used at time of purchase. The update may not be reflected until the end of May, 2020. If the debit card is declined, you may submit the claim manually for reimbursement.
Your Johnson & Dugan team will be working with the FSA or HSA vendor to determine if an update is needed for the Plan Document, and if so, when any amendment will be available.
As a Johnson & Dugan client, your login to ThinkHR offers a wealth of COVID-19 resources. A dedicated COVID-19 section of the site is available from the login home page. One resource that employers may find helpful at this time is a FFCRA Leave Request Form, which is attached or can be downloaded, CLICK HERE.
Other miscellaneous news and resources:
- The California Chamber of Commerce published an article with COVID-19-Related FAQs
- Cooley LLP published a Nonprofit Guide to the CARES Act
- The Harvard Business Review published an interview with David Kessler, an expert on grief, author and founder of www.grief.com. The article, That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief offers an interesting perspective to what many are experiencing with the disruption to our everyday lives during the pandemic.
- If your company offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), they offer many resources to manage the stress of economic uncertainly and the isolation of social distancing.