New DOL Rule Seeks to Boost Fairness in Disability Benefit Claims

Dec. 16, 2016, 2:14 PM

The Department of Labor has taken another step in its long-running goal to minimize conflicts of interest in the employee benefits world with a final rule released Dec. 16 that requires full and fair reviews of disability claims.

Disability benefit plans “must ensure that all claims and appeals for disability benefits are adjudicated in a manner designed to ensure the independence and impartiality” of those involved in making the decision, the DOL said in the rule.

Developments since the release of the DOL’s 2000 regulation on benefit claims procedures showed that the rule was ripe for a re-examination and update, ...

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