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<p>Departmental personnel offices must provide a second notice that addresses the expiration of the COBRA subsidy premium assistance coverage. This notice must be provided to those assistance eligible individuals (AEIs) no earlier than 45 days before expiration, but no later than 15 days before their premium assistance expires. More information can be found in the May 6, 2021, <a href="/benefits/Documents/COBRA-subsidy-memo-final.pdf" title="View the memorandum">memorandum</a>. Additional details and a link to the Department of Labor guidelines and model notices can be found on the <a href="/benefits/Pages/american-rescue-plan-act-temporary-cobra-subsidy-pandemic-relief.aspx" title="View information regarding American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Temporary COBRA Subsidy Pandemic Relief and Guidelines">CalHR website​</a>.​</p>American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Temporary Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) Premium Subsidy Pandemic Relief - Reminder9/16/2021 7:00:00 AM
<p>​<span style="font-size:1em;">​The California Department of Human Resources is increasing the Universal Administrative Fee by $0.54 per pay period for each employee who has dental, vision, or a pre-tax deduction under the state’s flexible benefit plan. The Universal Administrative Fee also includes the departmental assessment for the Merit Award Program, Dependent Re-Verification, Statewide Wellness Program, Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB), the Affordable Care Act, and Benefits Administration Manual (BAM) training.</span></p><p>The current rate of $1.58 per person per month will increase to $2.12 per month per employee effective October 1, 2021, pursuant to the Budget Act Control Section 3.50. More information can be found on the <br>​ <a href="http://hrmanual.calhr.ca.gov/Home/ManualItem/1/1426" title="View more information about policy 1426 - Universal Administrative Fees" target="_blank">CalHR website​</a>.<br></p>Increase in Universal Fee8/30/2021 7:00:00 AM
<p>​CalHR is implementing further guidance in the payment and reimbursement process for the temporary Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) subsidy pandemic relief under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), in addition to the May 6, 2021, <a href="/benefits/Documents/COBRA-subsidy-memo-final.pdf" title="View the Temporary COBRA Subsidy Pandemic Relief memorandum" target="_blank">memorandum</a>. The memo to departments outlines the processes to remit premiums to carriers for assistance eligible individuals (AEIs) and to receive reimbursement for premium payments. The memo references the Payee Data Record (STD. 204) forms. Each carrier has completed a 204 and they we will be added to the CalHR ARPA page so departments can access them when paying premiums. A CalHR memorandum with additional details and a link to the Department of Labor guidelines and model notices can be found on the <a href="/benefits/Pages/american-rescue-plan-act-temporary-cobra-subsidy-pandemic-relief.aspx" title="View American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Temporary COBRA Subsidy Pandemic Relief and Guidelines for Employee Benefit Plans webpage" target="_blank">CalHR website​</a>. <br>​</p>American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Temporary Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) Premium Subsidy Pandemic Relief Payment and Reimbursement Process8/24/2021 7:00:00 AM


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