The Department of Labor (DOL) has extended the effective date of various notices.
The Health Insurance Exchange Notices have been extended through May 31, 2020. These model notices were previously set to expire on May 31, 2017. No other changes have been made to these notices.
There continues to be two separate notices--one for employers that offer a health plan to some or all employees, and another for employers that do not offer a health plan.
Employers are directed to provide the Health Insurance Exchange Notice to new hires within 14 days of hire; however, there is no fine for failing to do so.
The Employer CHIP Notice, General Notice of COBRA Rights, and COBRA Election Notice have been extended through December 31, 2019. These model notices previously expired on December 31, 2016. No other changes have been made to these notices.
Employers that maintain a group health plan in a State that provides premium assistance under Medicaid or CHIP must notify all employees annually of potential opportunities for premium assistance in the State in which the employee resides.
Under Federal law, the employer that sponsors a group health plan has 90 days from enrollment to provide a participant with the General Notice of COBRA Rights and the Plan Administrator has up to 14 days to provide the employee with the COBRA Election Notice when they have lost coverage due to reduction in hours or termination of employment. (Note: State law may require the notice to be provided sooner.)
For more information on these notices and the requirements you can visit the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act or COBRA Continuation page at www.dol.gov or by contacting the DOL directly at 1-866-487-2365.