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January 4, 2007

Group Health Plan Compliance Audit

The Department of Labor is making an effort to ensure that all group health plans subject to ERISA are complying with its requirements, specifically Title 7 of ERISA.  This section of ERISA includes provisions relating to the HIPAA portability rules, the Mental Health Parity Act, the Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act, and the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act. 

To this end, EBSA plans to contact approximately 5,000 plans sponsored by employers employing 3 to 99 employees, as well as those sponsored by an employer with 100+ employees.  EBSA will be conducting this survey by way of a quick, 5-minute telephone call.  Participation in the survey is completely voluntary. 

The ultimate goals of this survey are to identify and correct ERISA violations, calculate compliance rates, provide compliance assistance, and shape the DOL’s future compliance assistance and investigative resource strategies.

 

The information contained in this Benefit Beat is not intended to be legal, accounting, or other professional advice, nor are these comments directed to specific situations.

As required by U.S. Treasury rules, we inform you that, unless expressly stated otherwise, any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this Benefit Beat is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any person for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed by the Internal Revenue Service.

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