Regulatory roundup

More healthcare-related regulatory news for plan sponsors, including links to detailed information.

CMS issues revocation notice bulletin
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a notice by issuer or third-party administrator for employers/plan sponsors of revocation of the accommodation for certain preventive services. The bulletin addresses notice requirements in the recently published interim final rules addressing the religious and moral exemptions from the requirement to provide contraceptive benefits in group health plans and health insurance coverage.

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Ninety-day delay of applicability date for disability claims procedure amendments
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a 90-day delay of the applicability date for ERISA plans to comply with a final rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to disability benefits.

The three-month delay of the applicability date announced today is intended to give interested stakeholders the opportunity to submit, and for the DOL to consider, data and information related to concerns by some insurance industry and employer groups, and some members of Congress, that the claims procedure amendments will drive up disability benefit plan costs, cause an increase in litigation, and, in so doing, impair workers’ access to disability insurance benefits.

The final rule amending the disability benefits claims procedure requirements for ERISA plans was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016. The amendments were to become applicable to claims for disability benefits filed on or after January 1, 2018.

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