Update on New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Template Delayed
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TO: All Group Health Clients
FROM: Greenberg & Associates Insurance, LLC
DATE: May 5, 2015
RE: New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Template Delayed
A March 30 Department of Labor (DOL) FAQ announced that the new Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template and related documents, are delayed until 2016. However, some changes to the regulation will apply in 2015, as planned.
The FAQ indicates final regulations are expected in the near future.
Delayed until 2016
Per the FAQ, the new SBC template will go through consumer testing. The DOL anticipates that the document will be finalized in January 2016, and will apply to 2017 coverage. Use will likely begin during fall 2016 open enrollment for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.
Expected changes to the template include, but are not limited to:
An additional cost example for a foot fracture treated in an emergency room
Updated claims/pricing data for the coverage example calculator
New minimum essential coverage and minimum value information
Issuer website for specific policy or group certificate of coverage information
Uniform glossary revisions
Removal of annual limits for essential health benefits (EHBs) information
Still required this year
Proposed regulations that are still expected to take effect on September 1, 2015 for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2016 clarify the following:
Applicability to health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) and health savings accounts
(HSAs), excepted benefits, expatriate coverage and Medicare Advantage plans
Responsible entities and their role in monitoring for compliance when designating to a 3rd
The SBC must be provided at enrollment or re-enrollment
Refer to the following link for more questions.
Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions regarding this update.
Sharon Greenberg and Adrienne Hutchins