Archive for July, 2009

Healthcare Coverage Period Extended from 9 months to 12 Months under Illinois Law

July 29th, 2009

Under the recently enacted House Bill 2325 signed into law on June 18, 2009, healthcare coverage under Illinois state law was extended from 9 months to 12 months.

With all of the other changes made by House Bill 2325, many employers have not realized the importance of this change.  This change is effective for all group plans subject to the continuation laws that are issued, delivered, amended or renewed after June 18, 2009.

This means that if an employer renews its policy after June 18, 2009, all individuals currently receiving state continuation coverage would be entitle to an additional 3 months of coverage, regardless of the date the individual first elected state continuation coverage .

All employers should be aware of this change and update their current procedures to accolade this change.  Additionally, employers should notify all employees and all former employees who are subject to the extension of this new length of continuation coverage.