Claims Filing Extension

Claims Filing Extension

As a part of the EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01 and related final rule, the Department of Labor, along with the Department of the Treasury, extended deadlines for employee benefit plans subject to Title I of ERISA. Guidance released requires all ERISA employee benefit plans to disregard the period from March 1, 2020 until the end date of the “Outbreak Period” when determining the date within which an individual may file a benefit claim or an appeal. Therefore, the runout and appeal periods for a Health FSA or a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) would be extended if that runout or appeal period ended after or extended beyond March 1, 2020.

What does this mean to you and your employees?
  • HRCTS is currently accepting claims past the run out period for any plans that ended 12/02/19 or after.
  • HRCTS is currently processing all claims that were provided past the runout that can now be approved so your employees do not need to resubmit their claims.
  • Any HRA claims coming on a carrier feed will continue to be processed in accordance with this ruling.
  • This will not affect the $500 rollover or 2 ½ month extension if you have either of those set up on your Health FSA.
  • This does not affect Dependent Care FSA Accounts (DCA).
  • We are currently working with our Software Platform to extend FSA and HRA plans in our system to allow for claims to continue to be processed.
  • Once the Software Platform is updated employees will be able to submit claims on the consumer portal and mobile app.  Until that time, they will need to submit manually using the Universal Claim Form in order to get reimbursed.
  • You will continue to be charged admin fees for anyone enrolled in the plans and/or terminated employees who still have the run out available to them.
  • You will continue to be billed monthly for claims paid the previous month for these plans.
  • Final Reconciliation/Year End Reports cannot be generated until the ruling has been updated and we have an end date for the extension.
  • Your documents do not need to be updated to reflect this temporary change.

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