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Self-Insured Plans – One More Reminder – Get those SSNs!

October 16, 2014

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Self-Insured Plans – One More Reminder – Get those SSNs!

October 16, 2014

by: benefitsbclp

Annual open enrollment is always a complicated time for benefits teams…. Questions abound: Is the coverage offered legally compliant? What is the latest and greatest notice that must be included in the annual open enrollment package? Have the rules changed regarding how we send the notices?

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Well, this year is no different. With the advent of the employer mandate’s enforcement, there are many new requirements that benefits and HR teams are grappling with to ensure compliance. We wanted to take a moment to post a specific reminder about collecting social security numbers for self-insured plans providing minimum essential coverage.

As you are likely aware, self-insured plans will need to begin the onerous reporting process to comply with Code Sections 6055 and 6056 beginning in Q1 2016. But, what may have slipped

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Getting Ready for Open Enrollment

September 16, 2011

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Serena Yee

Getting Ready for Open Enrollment

September 16, 2011

by: Serena Yee

The fall is the time many employers with calendar year group health plans begin to prepare for open enrollment.  Below is a list of required notices that employers should consider including in their enrollment materials.   

  • COBRA Notice.  Plan administrators must provide a written initial COBRA notice to each employee and his or her spouse when group health plan coverage first commences of his or her rights under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (“COBRA”).  This notice must contain specific information, and the Department of Labor has issued a model notice.
  • HIPAA Privacy Notice.  If the group health plan is required to maintain a notice of privacy practices under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), the notice must be distributed upon an individual’s enrollment in the plan.  Notice of availability to receive another copy must be given every three years.
  • Special Enrollment Rights.  A
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