Highlights of the Exchange Notice requirement
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As of March 1, 2013, employers must give a notice about the upcoming health exchanges to all existing employees and new hires. It is not yet clear whether employers who are not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (because they only operate in one state and have sales below $500,000) must give the notice.
So far, there is no information about the requirements of the notice, beyond what is in the PPACA itself. It is very possible that the government will issue a model notice. It is also possible this notice requirement will be delayed. What we do know is that the notice will need to include:
- A statement about the existence of the exchanges
- A description of the services provided by the exchange
- Contact information to request assistance from the exchange
- If the plan provided by the employer has less than a 60 percent actuarial value, that the employee may be eligible for a premium tax credit and/or a cost-sharing reduction if he or she purchases a qualified plan through the exchange
- A statement that if the employee purchases coverage through the exchange, the employee may lose his or her employer contribution toward health benefits, and that the employer contribution may be tax-free
- Watch for updates about this requirement
- The effective date may be delayed if work to implement the exchanges is behind schedule
- A model notice may be issued
- Verify that you can easily determine which states that employees are living in, as the notice may need to contain state-specific information
Our access to PPACA Advisor resources can help you clear up PPACA questions and help you shape your company’s benefit strategy. The highlights of the Patient-Centered Outcomes / Comparative Effectiveness Fee indicated below describe the rules based on the actual law and proposed regulations.
DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, and based on particular situations, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice, financial advice and/or the advice of a licensed insurance or certified human resource professional.
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