The DOL is requesting comments on the “information collections” that are imposed on non-grandfathered group health plans by the claims and appeal regulations under health care reform.

The request, published on March 1, notes that these information collections are part of the “reasonable procedures that an employee benefit plan must establish regarding the handling of a benefit claim.” They include, for example, the notice and disclosure requirements that plans must meet by providing information to participants and beneficiaries.

The request asks for particular comments on how to minimize the burden of collecting such information, the use of technology, and the practical utility of the information collected.

Comments are due March 31. For more information, see our prior coverage on internal claims and appeals and the external review procedures.