On December 19, 2016, the Department of Labor ended a year-long process to update the regulations governing claim procedures for disability plans, 29 C.F.R. § 2560.503-1. The text of the new regulations, and the DOL’s explanation of changes and the comment process, can be found here.
The DOL’s express goal in establishing these new regulations is to “strengthen the current rules primarily by adopting certain procedural protections and safeguards for disability benefit claims that are currently applicable to claims for group health benefits pursuant to the Affordable Care Act.” The DOL concluded that a stronger regulation was needed, in part, because “disability cases dominate the ERISA litigation landscape today[.]”
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