Advocates for group disability claimants argue that disability plans now treat claimants poorly and reject many claimants who have already qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has decided to let major new group disability insurance claim review standards take effect April 1, officials have announced.

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the DOL division in charge of employee benefits matters, agreed in November to push the effective date back to April 1, from Jan. 1, to give disability insurers, employers, and benefit plan administrators and trade groups more time to prove that the new regulations would hurt the group disability market.

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