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In January, President Biden announced the end of the COVID‑19 Public Health Emergency and the COVID‑19 National Emergency on May 11, 2023. Following Biden’s announcement, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services issued Frequently Asked Questions and further guidance addressing the impact of the end of these emergencies on employee benefit plans.

The end of the Public Health Emergency and the National Emergency impact several COVID-19 group health plan coverage requirements and welfare benefit plan extensions. Plan sponsors must be aware of these changes and implement plans to address the updated welfare benefit plan rules.

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