March 2014 Health Care Reform

March 2014 Health Care Reform

by Posted on: March 12, 2014Categories: HR & Compliance   

A waiting period is the period of time that must pass before coverage becomes effective for an employee or dependent who is otherwise eligible to enroll in the plan. Under the ACA, all calendar days are counted beginning on the enrollment date, including weekends and holidays. However, if an individual enrolls as a late enrollee or special enrollee, any period before the individual’s late or special enrollment is not a waiting period.

The waiting period limit does not require an employer to offer coverage to any particular employee or class of employees, including part-time employees. The waiting period limit only prevents an otherwise eligible employee (or dependent) from having to wait more than 90 days before coverage under a group health plan becomes effective.


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