DOL Releases Updated Model CHIP Notice
Model Notice Informs Employees of Eligibility for Premium Assistance Under Medicaid or CHIP
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
Employers that provide health insurance coverage in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or CHIP must provide employees with the employer CHIP notice annually before the start of each plan year. An employer can choose to provide the notice on its own or concurrent 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.