Non-grandfathered self-insured and large group health plans must comply with the out-of-pocket limits in 2014 but pending further guidance are excused from the duty to comply with deductible limitations imposed by the cost-sharing limitations of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (ACA) according to new guidance jointly published February 20, 2013 by the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) in “FAQS About Affordable Care Act Implementation (Part XII)” (hereafter, the “FAQ”). However, the FAQ includes a transitional rule that allows plans to apply separate out-of-pocket maximums to prescription drug coverage and other group health plan for 2014, to allow them time to adjust contracts in response to the requirement.
ACA Cost-Sharing Limits
Public Health Service (PHS) Act § 2707(b), as added by the ACA, requires a group health plan to ensure that any annual cost-sharing imposed under the plan does…
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