The Employee Benefits Security Administrations (EBSA) says the rules it applies to health plan summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) notices will be about the same in 2014 as they are this year.
EBSA, an arm of the U.S. Labor Department, has described the 2014 SBC rules in a new set of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).
Labor Department officials have developed the answers together with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Treasury Department, the parent of the Internal Revenue Service, officials wrote in an introduction to the FAQ.
One PPACA provision requires health insurance issuers and health plans to give enrollees and potential enrollees standardized forms describing the benefits a plan offers. The SBC also must include scenarios showing how the plan would cover a common health event — a pregnancy — and a common chronic condition — Type 2 diabetes.
EBSA will continue just about all rules, safe harbors and temporary relief that it’s been offering this year, officials said.