I have an employee on FMLA leave who has failed to make his group medical insurance premium payment. Can I cancel his coverage?
Yes, but there is a process that you will first need to follow.
First, there is at least a thirty (30) day grace period that employees have before they are considered late in paying their premium. You will need to wait for this grace period to expire, at least. Second, before dropping coverage, you must notify the employee in writing that he has failed to pay the premium timely and that he has until a certain date, which is at least fifteen (15) days from the date of the mailing of the notification letter, to catch up on his payment, otherwise coverage will be cancelled. Then, if he does not pay within this extended fifteen (15) day window, unless you have a policy retroactively canceling coverage to the date of the unpaid premium (recommended), you can cancel his coverage as early as the date the grace period expired.
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