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Bethany Bacci is a member of Stoel Rives' Employee Benefits Group and counsels public and private employers on how to stay in compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, and the other statutory and regulatory regimes; qualified and nonqualified retirement plans; health and welfare plans; and executive compensation arrangements. In an ever-changing regulatory environment, Bethany assists clients with staying on top of legal developments and current industry trends, including everything from pension derisking to changes in health care reform. In corporate transactions, she assists clients with identifying potential liability, assessing risks, and analyzing opportunities for synergy. She regularly handles plan spinoffs and mergers. Bethany has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law practice area for 2013 to 2019.

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Washington Health Benefit Exchange Announces Special Enrollment Period

Today, the IRS issued Notice 2020-15 clarifying that high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) may provide benefits associated with testing and treatment of COVID-19 (commonly referred to as coronavirus) without application of a deductible or cost-sharing. Doing so will not impact a plan’s status as a HDHP or a

The IRS issued key extensions to looming 2016 information reporting deadlines for applicable large employers. This relief applies only to the deadlines for reporting the coverage that employers offered in 2015:

  • The deadline for providing employee statements is extended to March 31, 2016 (from February 1, 2016).
  • The deadline for filing 1094-Cs and 1095-Cs with