The U.S. Department of Labor has extended the effective date of its model Employer Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Notice through November 30, 2016. Previously, this model notice was set to expire on October 31, 2016.
What is the requirement?
Any employer that provides coverage in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or CHIP must notify employees of potential opportunities for assistance in obtaining health coverage. Employers can satisfy this requirement by providing a notice annually before the start of each plan year.
Employers may provide the notice (specific to each state in operates in and/or employee resides in) along with the following: notifying the employee of health plan eligibility;
- Information about the eligibility of the health plan
- Information provided to the employee about open enrollment; or
- The summary plan description.
The model notice also includes information on how employees can contact their state for additional information and how to apply for premium assistance.
Click HERE for the model notice link on the Dept of Labor’s website.