Health care reform and the AFTRA Health Plan

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  • Health Plan continues its compliance with ACA regulations

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 28 which upheld most key components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), the AFTRA Health Plan continues its efforts to fully comply the various regulations and requirements under the Affordable Care Act, just as the Plan has done since its passage in 2010. AFTRA H&R will continue to notify Health Plan participants of any Plan changes related to health care reform through Benefits ...

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  • Notice of Grandfathered Health Plan Status

    The AFTRA Health Plan believes that it is a “grandfathered health plan” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). As permitted by the Affordable Care Act, a grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted. Being a grandfathered health plan means that the AFTRA Health Plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply ...

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  • Recap: Health Plan changes effective Dec. 1, 2010

    As communicated in previous blog posts, the September 2010 Benefits Update and the upcoming November 2010 Benefits Update, the first changes to the AFTRA Health Plan required under the new health reform law become effective Dec. 1, 2010. As a reminder, those Plan changes are listed below with links to the original blog posts. Refer the September 2010 and November 2010 Benefits Updates for complete information, and if you have additional questions, contact ...

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  • Annual dollar maximums on certain benefits to be eliminated effective Dec. 1, 2010

    Under the new health reform law, health plans may no longer impose annual benefit maximums for overall health benefits. The law also restricts plans’ ability to apply annual dollar maximums to specific types of benefits that are deemed “essential.” While the AFTRA Health Plan does not have an annual overall benefit maximum, the Plan does currently include annual dollar maximums for three specific benefits deemed essential under the new law. Effective Dec. 1, 2010, the ...

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  • Definition of dependent revised to include children up to age 26

    In late June 2010, AFTRA H&R published on this blog an initial announcement of the revision of definition of dependent to include children up to age 26. Now complete details are known about this Health Plan change and how it will affect participants and qualified performers under the Health Plan.
     
    Effective Dec. 1, 2010, children of AFTRA Health Plan participants may be covered as dependents under the participant’s Health Plan enrollment until the end ...

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