By Mark Stember, JD
From the KS Health and Welfare Team:
This morning the DOL, HHS and IRS released combined regulations providing guidance on the dependent child age 26 rules. A fact sheet produced by DOL is attached. We will be providing additional analysis on these important regulations later this week. As we noted in our Health and Welfare Teleconference last month, some employers are thinking of charging adult dependents more premiums than dependents under age 19 or otherwise imposing a premium surcharge for adult dependents. A preliminary read of these regulations suggests that increased premiums or surcharges that are targeted specifically towards adult dependents are prohibited, while a surcharge or increased premiums allocated to all dependent children appear to be permitted.
regulation, available at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/dependentcoverage.pdf
A fact sheet, available at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/fsdependentcoverage.html
And FAQs, available at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-dependentcoverage.html