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Affordable Care Act Notice Available

Monday, October 14, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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Healhcare LawWASHINGTON, D.C. - Starting October 1, all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act will be required to post, along with your other employee notices, a document prepared by the federal government titled New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage.

The following is from the U.S. Department of Labor website:

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.

The notice should inform employees:

  • About the Health Insurance Marketplace;
  • That, depending on their income and what coverage may be offered by the employer, they may be able to get lower cost private insurance in the Marketplace; and
  • That if they buy insurance through the Marketplace, they may lose the employer contribution (if any) to their health benefits.

The U.S. Department of Labor has two model notices to help employers comply. There is one model for employers who do not offer a health plan and another model for employers who offer a health plan or some or all employees:

Model Notice for employers who offer a health plan to some or all employees
Model Notice for employers who do not offer a health plan

The model notices are also available in Spanish and MS Word format at
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/.

Employers may use one of these models, as applicable, or a modified version. More compliance assistance information is available in a
Technical Release issued by the US Department of Labor.


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