DOL extends Expiration Dates for COBRA and CHIP notices (until 2019)

Washington DC – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has quietly extended the effective date of its model Employer CHIP NoticeGeneral Notice of COBRA Rights, and COBRA Election Notice so that all three notices are effective through December 31, 2019.  The previous forms and model notices had an expiration date of December 31, 2016.

Even though there were no other changes made to these notices (except the expiration date), employers should download the newest versions of these forms for continued use.  For the latest guidance regarding these notices please visit the DOL’s Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and COBRA Continuation Coverage webpages.

What is CHIP?  The federal CHIP program mandates that employers that maintain a group health plan in a state that provides premium assistance under Medicaid or CHIP (includes Florida) must notify all employees of potential opportunities for premium assistance in the State in which the employee resides.

What is COBRA?  Under the federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), certain former employees, retirees, spouses former spouses, and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates.  Employers with 20 or more employees are usually required to offer COBRA coverage and to notify their employees of the availability of such coverage.  COBRA applies to plans maintained by private-sector employers and sponsored by most state and local governments. Read more FAQs for employers about COBRA.  Additionally, there is a non-mandatory COBRA poster (Job Loss Poster) available through the Department of Labor.

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