HITECH proposes the meaningful use of interoperable electronic health records throughout the United States health care delivery system as a critical national goal. The concept of meaningful use rested on the '5 pillars' of health outcomes policy priorities, namely: Improving quality, safety, efficiency, and reducing health disparities Engage patients and families in their health Improve care coordination Improve population and public health Ensure adequate privacy and security protection for personal health information CMS grants an incentive payment to Eligible Professionals EPs or Eligible Hospitals EHswho can demonstrate that they have engaged in efforts to adopt, implement or upgrade certified EHR technology. In order to encourage widespread EHR adoption, promote innovation and to avoid imposing excessive burden on healthcare providers, meaningful use was showcased as a phased approach, which is divided into three stages which span data capture and sharingadvanced clinical processes and improved outcomes.
Premium reductions and additional election opportunities are also provided for health benefits under New Jersey Continuation. The premium reduction applies to periods of health coverage beginning on or after February 17, and lasts for up to nine months.
New Jersey Continuation COBRA is the name of the Federal law that allows persons who lose coverage for a variety of reasons to continue coverage under the group plan for fixed periods of time.
New Jersey Continuation is based on a New Jersey law that allows persons who lose coverage for a variety of reasons to continue coverage under the group plan for fixed periods of time.
Generally, New Jersey Continuation applies to employer groups where there are fewer than 20 employees. There are some exceptions to the 20 or more guideline for COBRA and less than 20 guideline for New Jersey Continuation, so the best way to find out which law applies is to ask the employer or benefits administrator.
To be eligible for the premium reduction an employee must: Generally, a terminated employee is eligible for continuation provided the person was not terminated for cause, and the person was actually covered under the group health coverage on the date employment was terminated.
For more information on eligibility for New Jersey Continuation please visit: If an individual takes advantage of the subsidy and in the same year exceeds the income limit, he or she will be required to repay the subsidy.
Are dependents also eligible for the premium reduction? Under the New Jersey Continuation law only the former employee has a right to elect continuation when there is a loss of coverage due to involuntary termination of employment. When the former employee elects continuation the former employee can elect coverage for the former employee and all eligible dependents.
The premium reduction applies to coverage for all persons the former employee elects to cover who qualify as assistance eligible individuals. Dependents to not have an independent right to elect continuation when the loss of coverage is due to involuntary termination of employment but may independently be eligible as assistance eligible individuals.
What if an employer goes out of business? Is New Jersey Continuation still available? New Jersey Continuation is only available to the extent that an employer continues to offer coverage under a group health plan.
How do former employees sign up for the premium reduction? The model notices include a notice that could be used for State continuation. However, since New Jersey Continuation includes some provisions that are not contemplated by the model notice, we developed a notice for carriers to use to notify terminated employees of the premium reduction and it will be posted soon.
Involuntary Termination between September 1, and February 16, Employees who were involuntarily terminated between September 1, and February 16, must elect the premium reduction no later than 30 days following receipt of the notice.
This is a special election period. The premium reduction may apply to periods of coverage on or after February 17, However, for plans where the period of coverage begins on the first of the month, the premium reduction will first be available as of March 1.
Neither the continuation coverage nor the premium reduction will be retroactive to the date coverage ended. For example, if an employee was involuntarily terminated September 1,and elects New Jersey Continuation and the premium reduction on April 10,the continuation coverage and premium reduction will not be retroactive to September 1, Rather, the continuation coverage and premium reduction will be effective March 1, if the coverage period began as of the first of the month.
Involuntary termination between February 17, and December 31, Employees who are involuntarily terminated between February 17, and December 31, must elect New Jersey Continuation within 30 days after coverage ended due to involuntary termination of employment and must elect the reduction within that same 30 day period.
How will the reduction be applied to New Jersey Continuation Coverage premium? What happens if an employee was terminated between September 1, and February 16, but either did not elect New Jersey Continuation at that time, or elected it then lapsed due to non-payment?
If a former employee initially declined to elect New Jersey Continuation coverage, or elected New Jersey Continuation coverage and later stopped paying premiums, the employer should notify the former employee of an additional opportunity to elect New Jersey Continuation coverage and receive the subsidy.
The former employee will have until April 18, to enroll. What about Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions?
When providing coverage to former employees who elect group continuation coverage during this special election period, carriers may not apply pre-existing condition coverage limitations based on a gap in the coverage between the termination of coverage and the commencement of the New Jersey Continuation coverage.
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