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HHS: Closely Held Companies Dropping Birth-Control Have 60-Day Notice Window

Mealey's (June 12, 2015, 12:02 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — Closely held companies terminating insurance coverage for contraceptive services mid-plan for religious reasons in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and subject to Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) regulations, must notify participants and beneficiaries of the change, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed July 17, 2014, in a “frequently asked question.”

(FAQ available. Document #93-140723-030X.)

The HHS statement noted that the Department of Labor’s 29 Code of Federal Regulations 2520.102-3(j)(3) has long required that summary plan descriptions detail...
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