The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued three new Q&As updating its guidance on the medical loss ratio (MLR) rules. Although the guidance is directed primarily at insurance carriers, it provides some helpful information to employers and participants in insured group health plan about new notices they may be receiving in the near future.
- For plans that will be receiving MLR rebates, the carrier must provide a rebate notice to all "subscribers," which includes all current plan participants. Those participants should be receiving notices on or before August 1, 2012.
- For insurers that meet the MLR standard, a notice to that effect must be provided to all plan participants with the first "plan document" distributed on or after July 1, 2012. The guidance clarifies that the notice may be provided separately (i.e., distributed before any plan documents are distributed). The guidance also provides examples of documents that constitute "plan documents" for this purpose.
For our prior coverage of MLR rebates and the important considerations that apply under ERISA if and when a rebate is received, click here.