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DOL Releases Updated Model CHIP Notice
by Gregg Kennerly | Published Thursday, August 31, 2017
An updated model notice for employers to provide information on eligibility for premium assistance under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is now available for download from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Annual Notice Requirement
The employer CHIP notice must be provided annually before the start of each plan year to inform each employee (regardless of enrollment status) of potential opportunities for premium assistance in the state in which the employee resides. This may or may not be the same as the state in which the employer or its principal place of business is located.
An employer can choose to provide the notice on its own or concurrently 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 (SPD).
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 August 10, 2017.
Our 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.