May 27, 2020

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Podcast Episode 78: COVID-19 Pandemic and Single Payer Debate

In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Chase Cannon revisit the single payer debate in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Suzanne starts by exploring whether support for a single payer system in the US has waxed or waned during the pandemic. Chase and Suzanne then discuss articles from experts, and comparisons across different countries, regarding governmental versus private company response to the pandemic. Suzanne dives into the history behind US governmental stockpiles of protective gear and ventilators, and draws comparisons between the US and other countries in pandemic preparedness. Suzanne and Chase close with a review of presidential nominee Joe Biden’s views towards single payer system and how Congress’s potential Phase Four legislation might impact access to coverage.

Every other week, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Soundcloud page every two weeks for the most up-to-date episode.

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COVID-19-Related Benefits Compliance Resources Available

The Benefits Compliance team has provided a number of resources that are available for assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. Information presented through our resources is subject to change pending additional guidance from the DOL, IRS, or other state or federal regulatory agencies.

FAQs on Benefits Compliance and COVID-19 »
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Flowchart »
COVID-19 State Quick Reference Chart »
DOL Issues COVID-19 Relief via Certain Notice Extensions for Employee Benefit Plans »
Compliance Considerations on Insurance Carrier Refunds in the COVID-19 Environment »
IRS Announces New Guidance for Section 125 Cafeteria Plans and Related High Deductible Health Plans, and IHCRAs »
Upcoming Benefits Compliance COVID-19 Weekly Update and FAQs Webinar Registration »
(Also refer to the NFP Latest Insights page for the archived webinars from March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, and May 19, 2020.)
COVID-19 – State Leave Provisions: New York »
COVID-19 – State Leave Provisions: New Jersey »