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President Biden’s Executive Orders: Impact On Employee Benefits And Healthcare

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In the opening days of his administration, President Biden has signed a flurry of Executive Orders impacting multiple sectors of the U.S. economy. This article summarizes the Orders that impact employee benefits and healthcare and what those Orders may portend for future regulatory action.

COVID-19 and Group Health Plans . As part of President Biden’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, he has authorized the White House COVID-19 Response Team to issue any necessary clarifications related to the obligation of group health plans and health insurance issuers to provide COVID-19 testing. Similarly, he has directed the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to evaluate group health and health insurance issuers and take any available steps to promote insurance coverage for safe and effective COVID-19 treatments and clinical care. President Biden has also authorized targeted surge assistance to critical care and long-term care facilities and targeted research efforts for rural hospitals and historically underrepresented populations.

Special Enrollment Period for ACA . President Biden has authorized the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to institute a special enrollment period for those wishing to enroll in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan through HealthCare.gov. The enrollment period began on February […]

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