Pension & Benefits News Comments requested on grandfathered group health plans and insurance coverage
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Monday, March 4, 2019

Comments requested on grandfathered group health plans and insurance coverage

By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff

The Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (Departments), have requested comments on grandfathered group health plans and grandfathered group health insurance coverage.

This request for information aims to contribute to the Departments’ understanding of the issues related to grandfathered health plans, and to estimate the impact of any potential changes to the rules for retention of grandfathered status for group health plans and group health insurance coverage, both generally and with respect to the following specific areas:

  • maintaining (or relinquishing) grandfathered status, and
  • general information about grandfathered group health plans and group health insurance coverage.

The Departments seek information on the challenges that group health plan sponsors and insurance issuers face regarding retaining grandfathered status. They also want to know the primary reasons plans choose to maintain the status. In addition, they ask what the characteristics (for example, plan size, geographic areas, or industries) are of plans and issuers that have chosen to retain grandfathered status.

Written comments should be submitted on or before March 27, 2019, via regular mail to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-9923-NC, P.O. Box 8013, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850. Comments also may be submitted via express or overnight mail to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-9923-NC, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.

SOURCE: 84 FR 5969, February 25, 2019.

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