Employers that provide medical insurance to employees in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) must inform employees about the potential opportunities for assistance in obtaining coverage. This is usually accomplished by providing a notice annually at the time of open enrollment, and then added to the new hire benefit orientation package. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor has extended the effective date of its model Employer Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Notice through November 30, 2016 (even though the current model notice had been scheduled to expire on October 31, 2016). Click here for the Spanish CHIP Model form.
The model notice gives employees information about the applicable state’s CHIP program, on and how employees can contact their state for additional information and how to apply for premium assistance. The model notice contains information current as of July 31, 2016.
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