The 90-day rule is finally final: Any employee eligible for coverage by a company’s health plan may not be kept waiting longer than 90 days.

That’s the word from the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services. The agencies handed down their final regulations implementing a 90-day limit with qualifiers to address various situations, such as employees who have been asked to meet certain sales goals, put in a certain number of hours on the job and so on. But any condition that looks like it was created simply to avoid having to offer coverage after 90 days won’t be allowed by the government under the new, amended law.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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