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Final Regulations on Excepted Vision, Dental, and Employee Assistance Program Benefits.

On October 1, 2014, the Treasury Department, DOL, and HHS issued final regulations on “excepted benefit” requirements for vision, dental, and employee assistance programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The final regulations simplified requirements for exception of limited-scope vision and dental benefits from group health plan rules, as well as clarified the four conditions for exception of employee assistance programs from group health plan rules. The final regulations will be effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2015 and are available at: http://webapps.dol.gov/FederalRegister/PdfDisplay.aspx?DocId=27833.

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