Federal regulators are giving benefits groups more time to react to a proposal that could make some self-insured health plans with data standards problems pay fines of up to $40 per covered life per year.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is extending the comment period for the proposal to April 3, from March 3.

The proposal, which appeared in the Federal Register on Jan. 2, would require "controlling health plans" to show they comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standards for three types of electronic plan communications.

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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.