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New FAQ on Updated SBC Template Implementation

Mar 17, 2016

HR350, Inc.
March 14, 2016

New Template Generally Expected to Apply to Plan Years Beginning On or After April 1, 2017

A new Affordable Care Act (ACA) Implementation FAQ regarding the applicable date for using the new proposed Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template and associated documents is now available.

Under the ACA, group health plans and health insurance issuers are generally required to provide a written SBC to plan participants and beneficiaries at specified times during the enrollment process and upon request.

While final regulations to amend the existing rules related to the SBC notice requirements were previously released in June of 2015, at that time federal agencies announced that a new SBC template and associated documents would be finalized separately, and would be expected to apply to SBCs for coverage beginning on or after January 1, 2017. On February 26, 2016, the new proposed SBC template and instructions, an updated uniform glossary, and other associated materials were released.

The intended implementation date for SBCs using the new proposed template and associated documents is as follows:

Visit the U.S. Department of Labor's webpage on the SBC and Uniform Glossary for the latest updates and to access all available templates.

For more information on the SBC requirements, visit our Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) section.

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