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Departments Issue New FAQs on Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury published additional Frequently Asked Questions (?Ç£FAQs?Ç¥) clarifying certain provisions under the Affordable Care Act. The FAQs provide guidance on several topics, including coverage of preventive services, cost-sharing limitations, health FSA carryovers, and summaries of benefits and coverage. The FAQs are available here.

DOL Releases New COBRA Model Notices

On May 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (the ?Ç£DOL?Ç¥) issued proposed regulations amending the notice requirements for the group health plan continuation coverage provisions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (?Ç£COBRA?Ç¥). Simultaneously, the DOL released new model notices that sponsors of group health plans may use to comply with the COBRA notice requirements. Both the updated general notice and updated election notice explain that coverage is now available in the Health Insurance Marketplace (the ?Ç£Marketplace?Ç¥), and the new election notice includes information about special enrollment rights in the Marketplace. Until final rulemaking is completed, use of the model notices on the DOL?ÇÖs website will constitute good faith compliance with the notice content requirements of COBRA. A copy of the proposed regulations is available here. The model notices are available?áhere.

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