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As the situation in Ukraine evolves, businesses should be mindful of potential risks to their people, assets, operations, or supply chains in the region and globally. Marsh, as part of the Marsh McLennan family of companies, has created a page with information, tools, and resources related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Please visit the page for the latest information.

April 20, 2023

The end in sight: The COVID-19 public health emergency and outbreak periods ending soon


Federal, state, and local governments implemented a wide range of provisions affecting employers and, where applicable, their benefit plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden signed a joint Congressional resolution ending the national emergency on April 10, 2023. Many of the COVID-19 mandates and related relief are tied – directly or indirectly – to this national emergency. Its end sets in motion a return to a pre-pandemic normal, although changes will occur at different times. The federal agencies administering and enforcing this relief exercised their discretionary authority to use May 11, 2023 as the end date for certain relief and the beginning of a countdown to end other relief. We will address this in more detail in this Guide.

Our Guide focuses solely on the end of federal mandates and other relief related to the national emergency that are applicable to employer-provided health and welfare plans, optional and/or required changes to plan design and administration, insights, communication obligations, and other related issues.