Extension for Certain Timeframes for Employees

Under new guidance released by the DOL and the IRS, the time periods in which participants can submit claims & file appeals for adverse determinations are extended. The extension relief provides additional time for impacted participants to file claims and appeals under the plan in accordance with ERISA section 503. This includes the run-out period for FSA/HRA plans. The rules extend the plan’s deadline to file a claim or appeal by disregarding the “Outbreak Period.” The excluded period starts March 1, 2020 and will end 60 days after the announced end-date of the current National Emergency,  which is referred to in the guidance as the Outbreak Period.