Posts Categorized: Disability Plans

Are the Disability Claims Procedure Regulations Final?

in Disability Plans

The answer is most likely.  In a prior post we discussed that on October 12th the Department of Labor provided for a 90-day delay to April 1, 2018.   Since that time the Department of Labor reviewed whether the new regulations created any undue burdens on plan sponsors.  In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the Department of Labor officially stated the new claims procedures apply for claims filed after April 1, 2018.  The DOL also indicated that it is still considering changes to the final regulations, but likely no further changes will be forthcoming.  On a related note, we… Continue Reading

DOL Adopts 90-Day Delay for Disability Regulations

in Disability Plans

New disability claims procedures were scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2018.  In a notice to be published in the Federal Register on October 12th, the DOL will provide for a 90-day delay to examine the burdens of the new regulation.  That means the new applicability date of the disability final regulations would be April 1, 2018, unless the DOL chooses to further delay or revise the regulation.

New Disability Regulations: Wait-and-See or Move Forward?

in Disability Plans, Welfare Benefits

On December 19, 2016, the DOL issued final regulations modifying the claims procedures for adverse determinations relating to disability claims under ERISA. Most of the changes mirror the additional disclosure requirements that apply to health plan claims under the Affordable Care Act.  To allow employers, insurers and claims administrators time to comply, the final regulations apply to claims for benefits filed on or after January 1, 2018. At the end of July, the DOL announced that it is reviewing these new regulations “for questions of law and policy.” For those who administer ERISA plans, the uncertainty is unwelcome because decisions… Continue Reading