New proposed regulations modify the rules that would allow employers to offer limited wraparound health coverage as an “excepted benefit” to employees who purchase individual health coverage through an Exchange. Although the new rules relax some of the controversial requirements proposed in 2013, they also create new restrictions and reporting requirements.
The new proposed regulations include a sunset date that generally allows the coverage to remain in effect for only three years (or for the duration of a collective bargaining agreement, if longer). The preamble of the new proposal explains that the rules will operate as a pilot program that will allow the agencies to evaluate their effect on employer-provided health coverage. Employers have until January 22, 2015, to comment on the proposed regulations.
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