The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has published updated model notices for informing workers of their eligibility for health care coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). The updates make it clear to workers that if they are eligible for COBRA continuation coverage when leaving a job, they may choose to instead purchase coverage through the health insurance marketplace [News Release, 5-2-14; www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/2014/14-750-NAT.html].
The updated model notices are posted on the DOL website and www.dol.gov/ebsa/modelelectionnotice.doc. The updated versions of the model general notice and model election notice reflect that the marketplace is now open and better describe special enrollment rights in marketplace coverage. The model notices are available in modifiable, electronic form. As with the earlier model notices, in order to use them properly, a plan administrator must complete them by filling in the blanks with the appropriate plan information.
– APA, Payroll Currently, June Issue