For purposes of complying with the new federal summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) rules, Medicare Advantage plan benefits are Medicare benefits, according to the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA).

EBSA, an arm of the U.S. Labor Department, has included that interpretation in guidance posted in a collection of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

EBSA officials have developed the answers in an effort to help employers comply with the SBC provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) and other PPACA provisions.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.