Employers Must Provide The Correct Public Exchange Notice to Employees
Employers must comply by providing the correct public exchange notice of coverage options to each employee, regardless of whether employees are part-time, full-time, enrolled or not enrolled at all.
[Related Story: Huge Penalties for Reimbursing employees for individual health insurance policies]
It is remarkable to note that the DOL public exchange notice disclosure forms read like a sales pitch to join the public exchange. Some industry observers have speculated about the motive behind this notice: Is it to provide neutral information on coverage options, or rather is it an attempt to raid plan participants and shift them to the public exchange?
“When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there will be a new way to buy health insurance: The Health Insurance Marketplace,” states a required regulatory notice, which all employees must receive from their employers beginning October 2013, as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Regulatory notice OMB No. 1210-0149 goes on to disclose basic information about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, including how to save money on health insurance premiums in the marketplace etc.
As the individual marketplace continues to deteriorate, the small group market has gained a firmer footing, including stable PPO networks and easier participation rules with Kaiser and traditional PPO plans. Is it time to review available small group plans? Reserve your appointment early for Open Enrollment, which begins this November. Find local assistance in San Jose, Santa Clara and the San Francisco bay area or via telephone, throughout Northern and Southern California..
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Sample Public Exchange Notice From DOL-
To satisfy the content requirements for FLSA section 18B, employers may refer to the Department of Labor’s website www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform. To save you some time from reading through the DOL website maze, I have included links below. Note: There is one model for employers who do not offer a health plan and another model for employers who offer a health plan to some or all employees. Employers may use one of these models, as applicable, or a modified version, provided the notice meets the content requirements described in Regulatory notice OMB No. 1210-0149.
The above public exchange notices are in PDF format. If you prefer an MS Word version for easy Edit & Print, use these versions: FLSAwithoutplans (employers who do not currently offer a plan) or FLSAwithplans (for employers who do have an existing medical plan).
For additional employer requirements under the Affordable Care Act legislation click here.
Finally, some good news…
Announcing the new VSP Individual Plan, great for the self-employed who can often write-off the premiums (but usually not the cost of self-insuring vision care).
Watch the VSP’s new vision care video for Individuals, Families, Retirees, and especially, the self-employed: