Recently, the Labor Department issued final rules revising the claims procedures for ERISA plans making disability determinations that affect plan benefits.

The DOL noted that nearly two-thirds of all ERISA litigation involves claims under long-term disability plans, and the final rules are intended to improve the “full and fair review” of disability claims under ERISA Sec. 503 and ERISA Reg. Sec. 2560.503-1 by expanding the procedural requirements.

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