Posts Categorized: Disability Plans

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