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Final Rule Released on ACA Waiting and Orientation Periods

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides that group plans or health insurance issuers offering group health insurance coverage may not apply any waiting period that exceeds 90 days.

On June 23, 2014, the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (the Departments) released final regulations clarifying the maximum allowed length of any “reasonable and bona fide employment-based orientation period” as it relates to the waiting period limit.

The final regulations apply to group health plans and group health insurance issuers for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2015. Until then, employers can comply with the proposed regulations issued earlier this year.

Read the Health Care Reform Bulletin for more information about the final rule on ACA waiting and orientation period.