Employee Benefits-DOL Issues Checklist To Help Plans Comply With Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a checklist, which an employer may use to determine if it is in compliance with certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act. These provisions include those: (a) making dependent health care coverage available until age 26, (b) prohibiting rescissions of health care coverage, (c) restricting the annual limits on essential health care benefits,(d) prohibiting lifetime limits on essential health care benefits, (e) proscribing preexisting condition exclusions by health plans, (f) providing patient protections under health plans and (g) providing external review of health care claims. The checklist is helpful since, among other things, it shows how the government interprets and applies these Affordable Care Act provisions.