HHS issues rules for retiree care reimbursementsPosted On: May. 4, 2010 12:00 AM CST
WASHINGTONFinal interim rules unveiled Tuesday detail the requirements that employers must meet to receive federal reimbursement of claims by pre-Medicare-eligible retirees.
Under a $5 billion programauthorized by the new health care reform lawemployers with health care plans covering retirees from age 55 through 64 will be reimbursed for 80% of such retirees’ claims between $15,000 and $90,000.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ rules specify that only health care expenses incurred after June 1, 2010, are eligible for reimbursement. Health benefits that qualify for reimbursement include medical, hospital, surgical, prescription drug, mental health and other benefits that may be specified by the HHS secretary.
To receive reimbursement, health care plans must have programs in place that save costs or have the potential to save costs for participants with chronic and high-cost conditions, according to a White House fact sheet.