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SSG Insights | October 8th, 2021


Your Health: Is Stress on the Menu?

We all deal with stress differently. Some people choose to burn off this nervous energy by attending a hot yoga class or grabbing a few minutes to journal their thoughts. Others may turn to coping behaviors they would rather avoid, like having one too many alcoholic beverages or finishing a pint (or gallon) of ice cream in one sitting. Are you an emotional eater?


Clarifying Guidance on COBRA Deadline Extension Relief

On Oct. 6, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-58, which clarifies the application of certain COBRA deadline extensions for electing COBRA coverage and paying COBRA premiums under prior relief that was issued as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This Compliance Advisor explains further.


Departments Issue Further Guidance Under No Surprises Act

A prior interim final rule established that, for emergency services and certain non-emergency services furnished by out-of-network (OON) providers at in-network facilities, patients will pay a cost-sharing rate similar to the in-network rate, which must be calculated based on a state All-Payer Model Agreement, specific state law, or, if neither applies, the qualifying payment amount (QPA). 


Make Exercise Fun Again

“Oh no!! I wasn’t wearing my Fitbit!” You may have heard someone voice these words in disgust after taking a run and forgetting their little wrist companion. The tone hints at their disappointment in not having proof of their sweat session as if the activity wasn’t worth the energy if the steps weren’t counted. Keeping “score” of physical activity is a common motivational technique, but tracking it may feel like more work.