The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has released an updated model notice for employers to provide information on eligibility for premium assistance under Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Required Notice to Employees of Premium Assistance for Medicaid or CHIP
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. The updated 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, 2011.
Updated Model Employer CHIP Notice Available
The employer CHIP notice must be provided 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.
To download the updated CHIP model notice, please click here. The HR360 section on CHIPRA (the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act) contains additional information on employer responsibilities related to the state Children's Health Insurance Program.