CHIPRA Fact Sheet

The DOL has posted a model employer Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Notice that can be used to satisfy the employer notice requirement under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA). CHIPRA added new notice and disclosure obligations for employers that provide group health plans in states that offer Medicaid or state CHIP assistance in the form of premium assistance subsidies.  CHIPRA also created additional HIPAA special enrollment rights that permit eligible employees and their dependents to enroll in an employer's group health plan in two situations: (1) when Medicaid or CHIP coverage is terminated due to loss of eligibility; and (2) upon eligibility for a premium assistance subsidy under Medicaid or CHIP. The Employer CHIP Notice must be provided annually, on an automatic basis and free of charge. It must inform each employee (regardless of enrollment status) of potential opportunities for premium assistance in the state in which the employee resides. ​