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Roe Statement on the Department of Labor’s Decision to Delay the Private Disability Insurance Regulation Rule

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Washington, October 12, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement on the Department of Labor’s publishing a proposed rule in the Federal Register to delay the Obama administration’s disability claims rule for 90 days and solicit comments on rescinding, modifying or retaining the rule:

“I commend Secretary Acosta for delaying yet another flawed rule from the previous administration related to the processing of private disability claims. Employer-sponsored disability insurance provides hardworking Americans with crucial protections should they unexpectedly become disabled due to illness or injury, and the last thing someone facing an unexpected hardship needs is to be further burdened by inefficient and unnecessary government bureaucracy. I am pleased the secretary acted to extend the delay, as I have serious concerns this rule would drive up the cost of this insurance and make it less likely these families who need this protection will receive it from their employer. I look forward to ensuring this insurance remains available as a viable option.”

Note: In July, Congressman Roe led a letter signed by 28 Congressmen which called on the Department of Labor to review the Private Disability Insurance Regulation rule. Today, the Department of Labor released a document for the proposed delay of this disability claims rule here, which includes a 90-day delay, a 15-day comment period on delay proposal and a 60-day comment period for comments providing data.

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