As explained in a previous client alert, "New Legislation Requires Quick Changes to COBRA and other Procedures Under Employer Group Health Plans and Review of Severance Program Designs"4, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2009 requires (1) group health plans to allow employees and their dependents who are eligible for coverage but not enrolled to enroll outside the usual enrollment period if they request coverage within 60 days after (a) becoming ineligible for coverage under a Medicaid or CHIP plan or (b) being determined to be eligible for financial assistance under a Medicaid or CHIP plan with respect to coverage under the plan, and (2) companies to notify employees of any premium assistance that is available to them under a Medicaid or CHIP plan with respect to coverage under the plan. The special enrollment period requirement was effective April 1, 2009. The notice requirement is effective for plan years beginning after the DOL issues a model notice for companies to use. In January, the DOL posted a model notice to its web site, causing the notice requirement to go into effect.