CMS Distributes Updated List of Counties Requiring Notices and Summary of Benefits and Coverage in Non-English Language

Category: Private Education Matters
Date: Feb 6, 2015 05:27 PM

The Public Health Service Act requires that non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered health coverage provide relevant notices, summary of benefit and coverage (SBC) and the uniform glossary "in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner."  Pursuant to this language, CMS distributed its annual list of counties in the United States where at least ten percent of the population in a particular county are literate in the same non-English language.  There are twenty-six California counties on the list.

Employers must make sure that any employee who resides in a county on the list (even if the employer is not located in that county) receives the required documentation in the identified non-English language.

The complete list of counties can be found here:

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