Important Employer Notice Requirement on CHIPS Program

On February 4, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.  The state children’s health insurance program (CHIP) provides health insurance for children whose families cannot afford private healthcare but do not qualify for federal Medicaid. 

Employers are required to provide these notices by the latter of the first day of the first plan year after Feb. 4, 2010, or May 1, 2010. Accordingly, for plan years beginning from Feb. 4, 2010, through April 30, 2010, the Employer CHIP Notice must be provided by May 1, 2010. For employers whose next plan year begins on or after May 1, 2010, the Employer CHIP Notice must be provided by the first day of the next plan year (Jan. 1, 2011, for calendar-year plans). CHIP Notice.

The DOL plans to update the notice annually, with current information about which states are providing premium assistance programs. For more information go to CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009 Legislative Brief.

Upon review, please let me know if you have any questions.

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