For plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010, health plans may not impose any lifetime limits on the dollar value of essential health benefits. Individuals who had exhausted their lifetime limits must be allowed to re-enroll in the plan. Regulations impose notice and special enrollment rules for such individuals.
Note: The prohibition on lifetime limits only applies to certain types of health plans, such as major medical insurance. It does not apply to HIPAA excepted benefits, such as disability, cancer, hospital indemnity, or accident insurance. Click here for more information about the types of benefits that are exempt from the ACA plan design mandates.