Health Care Reform
Whether you have supported or opposed health care reform or didn’t know what to think about it all, we know that you most likely have a lot of questions about how it will affect your benefits. We have been monitoring the situation and are keeping on top of the provisions that will affect your benefits program and will continue to provide the necessary guidance to maintain compliance with any changes that impact your benefits program. Below are a sample of some useful resources and references:
- Final Guidance on Summary of Benefits and Coverage
On February 9, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury announced final guidance on the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) requirement of health care reform law. This Legislative Brief describes the final guidance and summarizes the compliance deadlines for providing the SBC.
- Health Care Reform Timeline
Outline of the key reform provisions that will be implemented over the next several years. This has been updated for recent changes to health care reform law as of November 2011.
- Health Care Reform: Common Acronyms
A List of common health care reform-related acronyms.
- What are the Benefits of Having a Grandfathered Plan?
This Legislative Brief summarizes the benefits of having a grandfathered plan.
- Rules on Dependent Coverage of Children up to Age 26
This Legislative Brief describes the interim final rules, which were published on May 13, 2010, relating to coverage of dependent children until age 26.
- Does Extension of Coverage for Adult Children up to Age 26 Apply to Dental and Vision Plans?
This Legislative Brief outlines how certain health care reform provisions do not apply to stand alone dental and vision policies.
- General Question & Answers for Employees
Answers to common questions employees have regarding health care reform.
- Health Care Reform & COBRA
Answers to some frequently asked questions issued by the Department of Labor to assist in comprehending the health care reform legislation as it pertains to COBRA.
- Open Enrollment Compliance Checklist
A compliance checklist for employers to review in advance of open enrollment.
- Provisions Effective for Plan Years on or After Sept. 23, 2010
This Legislative Brief outlines the provisions impacting employer-based health plans that take effect for plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010. It explains specific information regarding each of the described provisions and has been updated for the delayed effective date of the nondiscrimination requirements for insured plans.
- What Employers Need to Know (January 2011)
A comprehensive guide to Health Care Reform which serves as a guide to understand the key provisions of the legislation and what employers need to know.