By Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
On February 14, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a model notice (CHIP Notice) for employers and unions sponsoring health plans in states offering Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) participants group health plan premium subsidy assistance to inform employees of Medicaid and CHIP premium subsidy opportunities available in their state of residence. The duty to provide notice is part of various new obligations imposed on group health plans and employers under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA).
Covered health plans and health insurers, their sponsoring employers and unions, fiduciaries, administrations and other contracted service providers should take steps to update their employee benefit plan enrollment and coordination provisions, communications, processes and procedures to comply with these new requirements including, where applicable and permitted, specific policies and procedures defining when and how premium subsidies may be paid to the group health plan. Continue reading.
Other Changing Health Plan Requirements Also Merit Attention
Employer and other group health plans sponsors, insurers, fiduciaries, administrators and service providers should timely update their group health plan terms, practices, notices, policies and procedures in response to these new requirements. At the same time, health plans, their employer or other sponsors, insurers, fiduciaries, administrators and service providers also should not overlook the need to review and update their health plans in response to a host of other changes in federal health plan mandates. The highly volatile health plan regulatory environment makes it likely that many health plans are not appropriately updated to comply with these and other federal requirements. In recent months, health plans, their employer or other sponsors, administrators and others also have become obligated to comply with a host of other expanded federal health plan rules and requirements. See e.g., New Mental Health Parity Regulations Require Health Plan Review & Updates; New Labor Department Rule Allows Employers 7 Days To Deliver Employee Contributions To Employee Benefit Plans; Newly Extended COBRA Subsidy Rules Require Employers, Administrators Send Required Notices & Update Health Plan Documents & Procedures Quickly; Employer & Other Health Plans & Other HIPAA-Covered Entities & Their Business Associates Must Comply With New HHS Health Information Data Breach Rules By September 23; COBRA, HIPAA, GINA, Mental Health Parity or Other Group Health Plan Rule Violations Trigger New Excise Tax Self-Assessment & Reporting Obligations. These and other developments make it imperative that health plans, their sponsors, administrators, insurers, fiduciaries and service providers get serious about complying with HIPAA.
Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Can Help
If your organization need advice or assistance in reviewing, updating, administering or defending its health plan, HIPAA or other privacy policies, practices, business associate or other agreements, notices or other related activities, consider contacting Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Partner Cynthia Marcotte Stamer.
A widely published author and speaker on HIPAA and other employee benefit and human resources related matters, Ms. Stamer has extensive experience advising health plans, their employer and other sponsors, health insurers, TPAs and other business associates and others about HIPAA and other health plan and privacy matters. Currently serving as both Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) RPTE Employee Benefits & Other Compensation Group and as an ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits Council representative and Former Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience assisting employers, insurers, plan administrators and fiduciaries and others to design, implement, draft and administer health and other employee benefit plans and to defend audits, litigation or other disputes by private parties, the IRS, Department of Labor, Office of Civil Rights, Medicare, state insurance regulators and other federal and state regulators. A nationally recognized author and lecturer, Ms. Stamer also speaks and writes extensively on these and other related matters. For additional information about Ms. Stamer and her experience or to access other publications by Ms. Stamer see here or contact Ms. Stamer directly. For additional information about the experience and services of Ms. Stamer and other members of the Curran Tomko Tarksi LLP team, see here.
Other Information & Resources
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- COBRA, HIPAA, GINA, Mental Health Parity or Other Group Health Plan Rule Violations Trigger New Excise Tax Self-Assessment & Reporting Obligations
- Inapplicability of HIPAA Privacy To Disability Insurer Not License To Impose Unreasonable Claims Requirements
- New Mental Health Parity Regulations Require Health Plan Review & Updates
- Health Plans & Employers Can Expect Pressure To Pay For Childhood Obesity Counseling From New American Academy of Pediatrics Report
- New Labor Department Rule Allows Employers 7 Days To Deliver Employee Contributions To Employee Benefit Plans
- St. Louis Employer’s OSHA Violations Trigger Contempt Order and Penalties
- Labor Department Final H-2A Certification Procedures Tighten Requirements For Employment Of Temporary Agricultural Employment Of Workers
- Certain Workforce Reductions Trigger Plant Closing Notice & Other Obligations
- Newly Extended COBRA Subsidy Rules Require Employers, Administrators Send Required Notices & Update Health Plan Documents & Procedures Quickly
- Rising Enforcement and Changing Rules Require Prompt Review & Update of Health Plan Privacy & Data Security Policies & Procedures
- Mishandling Employee Benefit Obligations Creates Big Liabilities For Distressed Businesses & Their Business Leaders
- DOL Plans To Tighten Employment Protections For Disabled Veterans & Other Disabled Employees Signals Need For Businesses To Tighten Defenses
- Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors & Fiduciaries Urged To Review Bonding, Credentials of Staff & Service Providers Under ERISA
- Added IRS Guidance For Correcting Employment Tax Overpayments Released
- Employer H1N1 Virus Risk Management Requires Employer Care To Manage Virus Risks Without Violating Employment Discrimination or Other Laws
- · New GINA Genetic Information Based Employment Discrimination & Confidentiality Mandates Take Effect
- EEOC Prepares To Broaden “Disability” Definition Under ADA Regulations
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