The federal government is continuing releasing guidance and taking action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Labor released a detailed FAQ page
about the FFCRA that President Trump signed into law last week. The page reviews commonly asked questions about COVID-19 and FFCRA for employers and employees. NAHU believes the page should be immensely helpful for health insurance brokers working in the employer-sponsored space. On March 22, DOL released instructions
for states as they implement provisions of the FFCRA.
CMS approved an additional 10 state Medicaid waiver requests under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act, bringing the total number of approved Section 1135 waivers for states to 23. The waiver streamlines provider enrollment processes, allows care to be provided in alternative settings in unlicensed facilities if a licensed facility is evacuated, waives prior authorization requirements, suspends some nursing home screening requirements to provide necessary administrative relief, and extends deadlines for appeals and state fair hearing requests.
All Social Security field offices are currently closed and, as a result, Americans should expect service delays. You can still reach the SSA by phone; click here
to identify your local field office. The Social Security Administration also recently published a website
providing Americans with information related to their services during the coronavirus pandemic. If a Medicare beneficiary has Part A needs Part B, they must fill out two forms (CMS L564/OMB 0938-0787
and CMS 40B /OMB 0938-1230
) and mail them to their local office. If a person over 65 needs both Part A and Part B, they must apply online
and SSA will call them prior to filling out the forms.
The IRS recently released helpful materials as well. The agency recently went live with a website
that provides tips for taxpayers and tax pros. The agency also published FAQs
regarding this year’s tax filing deadline extension.
Be sure to check the Coronavirus Information section
of the NAHU website on a regular basis. We update it daily with any new resources or guidance released by the federal government.