Willis clients who remember the classic Saturday Night Live cast will be reminded of Gilda Radner’s character of Emily Litella who would go on about a problem but would ultimately respond with “Never mind.” Well, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just reprised that bit with its announcement about the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) delay.
Employers were scrambling to apply and had to wade through a thicket of websites and arcane terms just to register their medical plans and obtain an HPID.
It turns out that, on further reflection, there was no need after all for the plans to obtain HPIDs and that they would not enforce the November 5, 2014 deadline for large plans (those plans that had $5 million or more in annual receipts). So, to employers who have not yet obtained their HPID (those large employers that had not yet done so and small employers with a deadline for next year) – “Never mind.”
It is not clear when or whether CMS will move ahead with that requirement or come to a final determination of what information is necessary for the enforcement of the mandates under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Employers are struggling with all the compliance issues and have, in the main, successfully navigated most of the maze of new rules and regulation issued by the federal regulators. However, more false starts are not to anyone’s advantage.