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May 14, 2012

Updated Medicaid/CHIP Premium Assistance Notice Issued

Individuals who are eligible for employer-sponsored group health coverage, but are unable to afford the premium, may be eligible to receive premium assistance from a state’s Medicaid agency or CHIP program.  Employers are required to provide premium assistance information to their employees.  This can be accomplished by using a model notice provided by the Department of Labor.  

The DOL has recently released a revised Medicaid/CHIP notice that can be obtained from its website (the pdf version of the model notice can be accessed here; the word version of the notice is available here).  The revised notice (current as of January 31, 2012) primarily reflects changes in various states’ contact information, including phone numbers and website addresses.  Note, California is a state that no longer provides premium assistance; South Dakota has been added to the list of states offering premium assistance.  The current list of states that provide some form of premium assistance are:

States with Premium Assistance

Alabama

Kansas

New Hampshire

South Carolina

Alaska

Kentucky

New Jersey

South Dakota

Arizona

Louisiana

New Mexico

Texas

Arkansas

Maine

New York

Utah

Colorado

Massachusetts

North Carolina

Vermont

Florida

Minnesota

North Dakota

Virginia

George

Missouri

Oklahoma

Washington

Idaho

Montana

Oregon

West Virginia

Indiana

Nebraska

Pennsylvania

Wisconsin

Iowa

Nevada

Rhode Island

Wyoming

The notice explaining the right to premium assistance must be provided to anyone residing in the these States, without regard to where the employer is located, or where the plan is sitused.  The employer can provide the notice to all of its employees, or just to those who are residing in the above-listed states. 

 

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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