United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Proposed Summary of Benefits and Coverage Template and Updates

Posted by: Danielle Capilla    Mar 3, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Insurance document summaryA Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) is four-page (double-sided) communication required by the federal government. It must contain specific information, in a specific order and with a minimum size type, about a group health benefit’s coverage and limitations. Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed revisions to the template and related materials.

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Topics: summary of benefits and coverage, SBC, Group health plans, Danielle Capilla

Top 10 UBA Blogs from 2015 Reveal Hot Button Healthcare Issues for Employers

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 7, 2016 12:00:00 PM

  1. IRS Provides Details on Reimbursing Premiums for Individual Health Coverage or Medicare Part B, Part D, for Medigap for Active Employees. For many years, employers were permitted to reimburse premiums paid for individual coverage on a tax-favored basis, however, these "employer payment plans" frequently are unable to meet all of the PPACA requirements. Read more
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Topics: wellness, ACA, PPACA, IRS Reporting Rules, summary of benefits and coverage, Cadillac Tax, PPACA reporting, Medicare, UBA Health Plan Survey, Affordable Care Act

Temporary Safe Harbor for Online Posting of SBCs

Posted by: Danielle Capilla    Sep 29, 2015 12:52:20 PM

A Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) is a four-page (double-sided) communication required by the federal government under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It must contain specific information, in a specific order and with a minimum size type, about a group health benefit's coverage and limitations. An SBC is required whenever application or open enrollment materials are provided to new hires or current employees. If no application or open enrollment materials are given, an SBC must be provided when the person can first enroll.

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Topics: ACA, Open Enrollment, summary of benefits and coverage, SBC, group health insurance, Danielle Capilla

Are Electronic Plan Documents ACA-Compliant?

Posted by: Peter Freska    Jul 1, 2015 12:35:21 PM

There is always something to be concerned about. Please read on.

Many have talked about the options for posting compliance documents online. It is interesting to note that posting documents on a company’s intranet is not enough. Especially in light of the new court decision (Thomas v. CIGNA Group Insurance, E.D.N.Y. (2013)), the topic is even more important. Historically, companies have mailed out hard copies of their compliance packets, Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs), Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), and Summary of Material Modifications (SMM). If this packet contains the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) State Exchange notification, it also needs to go to new hires within 14 days.

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Topics: PPACA Affordable Care Act, summary of benefits and coverage, Peter Freska, The LBL Group, Summary of Material Modifications, compliance documents, Summary Plan Description

The Story Behind Minimal Changes in Plan Designs and Premium Rates

Posted by: Carol Taylor    Oct 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM

By Carol Taylor, Employee Benefit Advisor
D&S Agency, a UBA Partner Firm 

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Topics: health insurance exchanges, private insurance exchange, health marketplace, employee wellness, PPACA, retirement, small group employers, summary of benefits and coverage, SBC, benefit communication, benefit consultants, benefit management, compliance with health care reform, employee health, group health insurance, healthcare consumerism, health plan compliance, health reimbursement account, insurance solutions, medical plan, self funded health plans, Group health plans, small business, dependents, dependent insurance, family insurance benefits

Skinny Plans and Minimum Value: Do these plans really pass the test?

Posted by: Carol Taylor    Oct 10, 2014 2:39:00 PM

By Carol Taylor, Employee Benefit Advisor
D&S Agency, A UBA Partner Firm

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Topics: health insurance exchanges, private insurance exchange, health marketplace, employee wellness, PPACA, retirement, small group employers, summary of benefits and coverage, SBC, benefit communication, benefit consultants, benefit management, compliance with health care reform, employee health, group health insurance, healthcare consumerism, health plan compliance, health reimbursement account, insurance solutions, medical plan, self funded health plans, Group health plans, small business, dependents, dependent insurance, family insurance benefits

What to Include in an SBC

Posted by: Linda Rowings    Sep 10, 2014 3:12:00 PM

A Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) must contain:

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Topics: health insurance exchanges, private insurance exchange, health marketplace, employee wellness, PPACA, retirement, small group employers, summary of benefits and coverage, SBC, benefit communication, benefit consultants, benefit management, compliance with health care reform, employee health, group health insurance, healthcare consumerism, health plan compliance, health reimbursement account, insurance solutions, medical plan, self funded health plans, Group health plans, small business, dependents, dependent insurance, family insurance benefits