Proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act’s summary of benefits and coverage and uniform glossary are coming under fire from business groups who say the implementation time frame does not give them enough time to comply with the new requirements.

The SBC, mandated by the ACA, is intended to provide group health plan members with an easy-to-understand summary of a health plan’s benefits and coverage. It’s an additional document employers have to ensure employees receive, above and beyond whatever other communications they provide. Under the current rules, it can be no longer than four double-sided pages and must include two standard coverage examples – having a baby and managing type 2 diabetes – using specific words contained in the glossary.

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