Employer Coverage Notice
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers to provide all new hires and current employees with a written notice about ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace, or exchanges, by October 1, 2013. The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided two sample exchange notices, one for employers who offer a health plan to some or all employees and one for employers who do not offer a health plan. Employers may use one of these models, as applicable, or a modified version, provided the notice meets the content requirements described above.
But don’t panic! The DOL website has many FAQs, most notably, the following:
Q: Can an employer be fined for failing to provide employees with notice about the Affordable Care Act's new Health Insurance Marketplace?
A: No. If your company is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, it should provide a written notice to its employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace by October 1, 2013, but there is no fine or penalty under the law for failing to provide the notice.
We have a number of upcoming live presentations planned in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York City to review the impact that ACA will have on employers. Please check out our events page.