What is the CHIP notice?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Feb 09, 2018 @ 08:02

Employers must notify workers of possible premium assistance

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Employers providing group health insurance in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) must provide annual notice of that assistance before the start of each plan year.

The notice explains how employees can find out if premium assistance is available, and how to apply for Medicare or CHIP coverage for dependents.

Here's what employers need to know.

Employers can choose to provide the notice on its own or concurrent with the furnishing of:

1. Materials notifying the employee of health plan eligibility

2. Materials provided to the employee in connection with an open season or election process conducted under the plan

3. The summary plan description (SPD)

If all of the above are complete, the employer should distribute the revised CHIP Notice as an ad hoc "Notice" to employees for review and receipt acknowledgement.

A copy of the revised notice from the Department of Labor can be found here

Which states provide premium assistance? If you live in one of the following states, premium assistance may be available

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
New Hampshire

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