An employer can change group health plan carriers without facing the full force of the Affordable Care Act.
Federal agencies have announced that interpretation today and implemented it by adding an amendment to interim final rules that affect when group health plans and individual health insurance arrangements can keep “grandfathered status” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a component of the Affordable Care Act package.
The grandfathered plan rules can exempt a plan or policy issuer from many Affordable Care Act requirements, such as a new preventive benefits package mandate and a minimum medical loss ratio requirement.
The agencies – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight OCIIO) – released grandfathered status interim final regulations in June.
The agencies said in June that a group plan ought to lose grandfathered status if the sponsor changes issuers or policies.
Many commenters wrote to object to that provision, officials