Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Alert:Department of Labor Issues Model CHIP Notice


On February 4, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a model Notice for employers to use regarding eligibility for premium assistance under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA or Public Law 111-3) reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Among other things, CHIPRA requires employers offering group health plans to notify all employees of their potential CHIPRA rights to receive premium assistance under a state’s Medicaid or CHIP program. These requirements apply to employers that offer medical care benefits in any of the 40 states that provide premium assistance though employer-based plans. Section 311(b)(1)(D) of CHIPRA directs the Department of Labor to issue model Notices to assist employers with their compliance efforts. This alert reports on recently released guidance from the Department implementing this requirement.

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