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Reminder: Group Health Plans Required to Offer Special Enrollment

Posted on March 21, 2018 02:37 PM

Under HIPAA, certain events that happen to employees or their dependents trigger a right to "special enroll" in an employer-sponsored group health plan. Special enrollment allows individuals who previously declined health coverage to enroll for coverage outside of a plan's open enrollment period. To learn more, please read this HR News Alert.

Categories: Cafeteria Plans, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, HIPAA

Reminder: Medicare Part D Disclosure Due to CMS by March 1

Posted on February 23, 2018 05:54 PM

The Medicare Modernization Act requires employers that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals to complete the Online Disclosure Form to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to report whether such coverage is creditable prescription drug coverage. Creditable coverage means that the coverage is expected to pay, on average, as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Categories: Cafeteria Plans, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Medicare, Reporting and Recordkeeping

DOL Releases Bi-Annual Update to Employer CHIP Notice

Posted on January 30, 2018 04:21 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated its model notice for employers to provide information on eligibility for premium assistance under Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

Medicare Part D Disclosure to CMS Due March 1, 2018 for Calendar Year Plans

Posted on January 25, 2018 04:49 PM

The Medicare Modernization Act requires employers that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals to complete the Online Disclosure Form to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to report whether such coverage is creditable prescription drug coverage. Creditable coverage means that the coverage is expected to pay, on average, as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Medicare, Reporting and Recordkeeping

DOL Finalizes 90-Day Delay of New Disability Benefit Claims Procedures

Posted on November 27, 2017 06:23 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized a 90-day delay of the applicability of a final rule requiring employee benefit plans offering disability benefits to provide additional procedural protections for disability benefit claims.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

San Francisco: HCSO Waiver Form Recently Updated

Posted on November 20, 2017 09:55 PM

The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) has published a new Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) Employee Voluntary Waiver Form.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Reporting and Recordkeeping

San Francisco Releases 2018 HCSO Rates and Final Rules

Posted on October 10, 2017 05:20 PM

The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) has released the 2018 health care expenditure rates and final rules for the Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO).

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, State Employment Laws

DOL Proposes 90-Day Delay of New Disability Benefit Claims Procedures

Posted on October 10, 2017 04:27 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a 90-day delay of the applicability of a final rule requiring employee benefit plans offering disability benefits to provide additional procedural protections for disability benefit claims.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

Medicare Announces Special Enrollment Period for Individuals Impacted by Recent Hurricanes

Posted on October 3, 2017 05:44 PM

As a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make available a special enrollment period for all Medicare beneficiaries to enroll, dis-enroll, or switch Medicare health or prescription drug plans.

Categories: Health Insurance, Medicare

Reminder: Summary Annual Reports Due September 30

Posted on September 19, 2017 05:08 PM

As a reminder, health plans with 100 or more plan participants at the beginning of a plan year are generally required to furnish a Summary Annual Report (SAR) to each health plan participant within 9 months after the end of a plan year. As a result, the deadline for most calendar year plans to satisfy the SAR requirement for plan year 2016 is September 30, 2017.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance