Employers Have Until October 1st to Comply with Affordable Care Act’s Notice Requirements

By:  Rachel D. Gebaide and Timothy C. Haughee

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act”) represents the most substantial overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system in decades.  Much of the Affordable Care Act is meant to expand access to affordable health insurance coverage, including provisions for coverage to be offered through a Health Insurance Marketplace (the “Marketplace”) beginning in 2014.  As part of the overhaul, the Affordable Care Act requires most employers to provide written notice to their employees of coverage options available through the Marketplace and to give employees information regarding the coverage, if any, offered by the employer.

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued a Technical Release, which provides temporary guidance regarding the notice requirement and announces the availability of the Model Notice to Employees of Coverage Options.  The Technical Release can be obtained from the following link to the DOL’s website:  www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/tr13-02.html.

Notice to Employees Under the Affordable Care Act

Beginning October 1, 2013, most employers must give a written notice to each employee, [1] regardless of plan enrollment status or the employee’s status as a part-time or full-time employee, with the following information:

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