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.
Annual Notice Requirement
Employers that provide coverage in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or CHIP must inform 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. An employer may provide the notice applicable to the state in which an employee resides concurrent with the furnishing of:
• Materials notifying the employee of health plan eligibility;
• Materials provided to the employee in connection with an open season or election process conducted under the plan; or
• The summary plan description.
The model notice includes information on how employees can contact their state for additional information and how to apply for premium assistance, with information current as of July 31, 2016.
Our section on CHIPRA (the Children’s Health Insurance Program Re-authorization Act) contains additional information on employer responsibilities related to the state Children’s Health Insurance
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