Required Annual Notices
Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 Notification
In 1998, the U.S. Congress passed the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 that provides coverage for reconstructive surgery and related services following a mastectomy in conjunction with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
This act affects group and individual plans that provide medical/surgical coverage for a mastectomy.Your benefit plan’s current guidelines already closely mirror this federal mandate. What this means for you is:
Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act of 1996
Group health plans and health insurance issuers generally, may not, under Federal law, restrict benefits for any hospital length of stay in connection with childbirth for the mother or newborn child to less than 48 hours following a vaginal delivery, or less than 96 hours following a cesarean section. However, Federal law generally does not prohibit the mother’s or newborn’s attending provider, after consulting with the mother, from discharging the mother or her newborn earlier than 48 hours (or 96 hours if applicable). In any case, plans and issuers may not, under Federal law, require that a provider obtain authorization from the plan or issuer for prescribing a length of stay not in excess of 48 hours (or 96 hours).
Notice of Creditable Coverage (2015) - This notice applies to the Healthy Savings Plan, Custom Network Plan, PPO Plan, and myRetiree Health Plan for 2015
Notice of Non-Creditable Coverage (2015) - This notice applies to the myRetiree Health Program No Drug Coverage for 2015
Notice of Creditable Coverage (2014) - This notice applies to the myChoice, myOptions and myRetiree Health Programs for 2014
Notice of Non-Creditable Coverage (2014) - This notice applies to the myRetiree Health Program No Drug Coverage for 2014