The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday employers reacting to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling by canceling contraceptive coverage will be required to notify their employees of the change, an important administrative note for benefit advisers working with employers electing to do so.

If an employer-sponsored medical plan subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) excludes all or a subset of contraceptive services from coverage, the DOL says the plan's summary plan description “must describe the extent of the limitation or exclusion of coverage.”

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