Q:  What is CHIPRA and does it require employers to post a new federal labor law poster?

A: The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) reauthorized the existing CHIP program.  Signed into law by President Obama in February 2009, it is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

There are new notice requirements for CHIPRA stating that employers offering group health plans must notify employees of their potential eligibility for subsidies.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Employers that provide coverage in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or CHIP must inform their employees of potential opportunities for assistance.”

On Feb. 4, 2010, a CHIP model notice was issued by the U.S. Department of Labor to assist employers in drafting their notice.

However, there is no federal labor law poster required for CHIPRA.

For further information about state and federal labor law posters go to www.postercompliance.com or call Poster Compliance Center at 1-800-322-3636.