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March 4, 2015

DOL Issues Revised Medicaid/CHIP Model Notice (article)

DOL Issues Revised Medicaid/CHIP Notice

Employers sponsoring health plans are obligated to annually provide a premium assistance notice to their workforce.  This notification can be accomplished by using a model notice provided by the Department of Labor (DOL)(see links below).   The DOL has recently updated its model Medicaid/CHIP notice.  The revised notice, current as of January 31, 2015, makes the following changes from the July 31, 2014 version:

1.    New website addresses for Medicaid offices in Alabama, Minnesota and Montana

2.    Arizona no longer offers a CHIP program

3.    New website address and phone number for Medicaid office in Colorado

4.    Idaho no longer offers Medicaid

5.    New website address and phone for CHIP office in Utah

6.    New website address for Medicaid and CHIP office in Wisconsin

 

The notice explaining the right to premium assistance must be provided to anyone residing in the following states, without regard to where the employer is located, or where the plan is issused.  The employer can provide the notice to all of its employees, or just to those who are residing in the below-listed states.  States that provide some form of premium assistance are:

 

States with Premium Assistance

Alabama

Minnesota

Pennsylvania

Alaska

Missouri

Rhode Island

Colorado

Montana

South Carolina

Florida

Nebraska

South Dakota

Georgia

Nevada

Texas

Indiana

New Hampshire

Utah

Iowa

New Jersey

Vermont

Kansas

New York

Virginia

Kentucky

North Carolina

Washington

Louisiana

North Dakota

West Virginia

Maine

Oklahoma

Wisconsin

Massachusetts

Oregon

Wyoming

 

The revised Medicaid/CHIP notice can be viewed and/or saved from these website addresses:

English

Spanish

The information contained in this article is provided as general guidance and may be affected by changes in law or regulation. This article is not intended to replace or substitute for accounting or other professional advice. Please consult a CBIZ professional. This information is provided as-is with no warranties of any kind. CBIZ shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever in connection with its use and assumes no obligation to inform the reader of any changes in laws or other factors that could affect the information contained herein.

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