EBIA Weekly Newsletter

Agencies Issue Proposed Regulations on Expatriate Health Plans, Excepted Benefits, and More

   June 9, 2016

Expatriate Health Plans, Expatriate Health Plan Issuers, and Qualified Expatriates; Excepted Benefits; Lifetime and Annual Limits; and Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance, 26 CFR Parts 1, 46, 54, 57, and 301; 29 CFR Part 2590; 45 CFR Parts 144, 146, 147, 148, and 158, 81 Fed. Reg. _____ (June 10, 2016)

Available at https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-13583

As we went to press with this week’s EBIA Weekly, the DOL, HHS, and IRS jointly issued proposed regulations relating to various health care reform provisions—including implementing the rules for expatriate health plans, specifying conditions for supplemental health insurance and other types of coverage to be considered excepted benefits, and amending the definition of “essential health benefits” for purposes of the prohibition on lifetime and annual dollar limits.

We will cover this development in next week’s EBIA Weekly. Meanwhile, for more information, see EBIA’s Health Care Reform manual at Sections V.F (“Excepted Benefits: Certain Health FSAs, Dental, Vision, and Others”), V.M (“Expatriate Health Plans”), and IX.A (“Lifetime and Annual Dollar Limits”). See also EBIA’s HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security manual at Section VI.F (“Excepted Benefits: Certain Health FSAs, Dental, Vision, and Others”) and EBIA’s Self-Insured Health Plans manual at Section V.D (“Health Care Reform and Other Federal Laws”).

Contributing Editors: EBIA Staff.