Posts Categorized: Health Benefits

Updated SBC Templates Apply for 2018 Open Enrollment

in Affordable Care Act, Health Benefits

The new SBC templates released last year are required for open enrollment periods beginning on and after April 1, 2017.  For health plans and employers with calendar year plans, this means the updated SBC templates and related requirements apply to 2018 open enrollment occurring this Fall. Given the current House and Senate “repeal and replace” ACA legislation, many employers are wondering if they need to take the time to revise their SBCs to comply with the new template and requirements.  The short answer is use of the new SBC templates are still required.  Both the House-passed legislation and the current… Continue Reading

Eating Disorders and Information Requests under the MHPAEA

in Health Benefits, Welfare Benefits

On June 16, a new FAQ was released and additional steps were taken towards increasing disclosures to participants with respect to mental health/substance abuse benefits.  The FAQ confirms that eating disorders are a mental health condition and, therefore, the treatment of eating disorders is a mental health benefit under MHPAEA.  The Departments also requested comments on whether additional clarification is needed on how MHPAEA applies to this treatment. Perhaps of more consequence to plan administrators, the Departments also released a draft form that can be used by participants and their authorized representatives to request information regarding available mental health/substance abuse… Continue Reading