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New SBC Templates Effective April 2017

Feb 14, 2017

HR360, Inc.
​February 8, 2017

​Reminder: New Versions of SBC Template and Related Documents for Use On or After April 1, 2017 

Templates and Regulatory Guidance Available on Department of Labor Website 

New versions of the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template, instructions, uniform glossary, and related documents are required for use on or after April 1, 2017. Under the Affordable Care Act, 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. 

Changes to SBC Template 

The new SBC template includes an additional coverage example as well as language and terms to improve individuals' understanding of their health coverage. Specifically, the new template includes more information about cost sharing, such as enhanced language to explain deductibles, and requires plans to address individual and overall out-of-pocket limits. Changes have also been made to the SBC to improve readability. 

Implementation Date for Using New Template and Related Documents 

The implementation date for using the new SBC template and associated materials will be as follows: 

Access the ​​new SBC templates and related materials from the U.S. Department of Labor.

For questions, please ​contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.722.3373.

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