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Medical Insurance - Grandfathered Plan

Information about Medical Insurance Plan Grandfathered Plan Status

Teachers College believes our group medical insurance plans provided via Oxford and Emblem (GHI) are “grandfathered health plans” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act).  As permitted by the Affordable Care Act, a grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted.  Being a grandfathered health plan means that your Oxford or Emblem GHI) medical plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other plans, for example, the requirement for the provision of preventive health services without any cost sharing.  However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, for example, the elimination of lifetime limits on benefits. 

Questions regarding which protections apply and which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan and what might cause a plan to change from grandfathered health plan status can be directed to the plan administrator at 212-678-3175 or glazer@tc.edu.  You may also contact the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor at 1-866-444-3272 or www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform.  This website has a table summarizing which protections do and do not apply to grandfathered health plans.