If the employer denies the employees request for the premium reduction does the employee have appeal rights?
Yes. Individuals who are denied treatment as Assistance Eligible Individuals and thus denied eligibility for the premium reduction may request an expedited review of the denial. The Department of Labor will handle appeals related to private sector employer plans subject to ERISAs COBRA provisions. The Department of Health and Human Services will handle appeals for Federal, State, and local governmental employees, as well as appeals related to group health insurance coverage provided pursuant to state continuation coverage laws. The Departments must make a determination within 15 business days of receipt of a completed request for review. The Department of Labor has developed a process and an official application that is be required to be completed for appeals. The process includes obtaining information from the employer, plan or insurer where appropriate. There will be a very short turn around time for submission of this information due to the short time for the determination.