NU Online News Service, Dec. 29, 2004, 12:25 p.m. EST
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued its final regulation explaining when workers can continue their group health insurance if they leave their jobs.[@@]
The final regulation clarifies the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and becomes effective for plan years starting on or after July 1, 2005.
The rule limits preexisting condition exclusions that a group health care plan could impose on workers and requires group plans and carriers to offer special enrollment upon certain life events.