The U. S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service have extended health plan coverage decision deadlines for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.[@@]
The Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration says it and the IRS are giving Katrina survivors extra time to make sure that they don’t lose health coverage or other important benefits because they were unable to meet the usual deadlines.
The extension allots more time for workers to submit premiums to continue coverage under COBRA, which permits workers to keep their health care plan when leaving an employer.
Workers in affected areas also are getting more time to comply with certain deadlines in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and with rules for processing health claims.