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Health-care notice language released

The Department of Labor May 8 released model language and a template for the written notice that almost all employers will be required to provide to their employees about how to access health care coverage through new “exchanges” created by the 2010 health care law.

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FAQ: Key Components of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act All Employers Should Know

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes several components that apply to employers. Key among these are the employer responsibility, affordability and nondiscrimination components.

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Healthcare Reform FAQ: Non-Traditional Employees

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has specific implications for employers and their full-time employees. However, given the variety of employment scenarios that may be utilized by any given business, the law also has specific implications for other employment situations.

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FAQ: The “Affordability” Penalty for Large Employers

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees to either provide health care coverage or pay an IRS penalty. The law further requires that the cost of the coverage provided must be affordable for the employee.

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FAQ: Nondiscrimination Provisions and Recent Federal Announcements Regarding State-based Health Exchanges

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a non-discrimination provision that affects all employers providing health care coverage to their employees. The provision prohibits employers from restricting participation in their health plan based on an employee’s salary or wage, and from requiring lower wage employees to contribute more toward health care premiums than higher wage employees. Employers violating this provision will face a penalty of $100 per day per employee impacted by the violation. However, the rules implementing this requirement are still being drafted and no penalties will be issued until they are finalized.

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FAQ: Measurement and Stability Periods for New Hires and Rehires as Required by the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Employers subject to the employer responsibility requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are required to establish measurement and stability periods to determine whether variable hour employees must be offered health care coverage.

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FAQ: Measurement and Stability Periods Required Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Employers subject to the employer responsibility provision in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) must establish annual measurement and stability periods for determining which variable hour employees are to be offered health care coverage by the employer. The federal rules allow 2013 to be a transition year wherein measurement and stability periods may differ in length. However, beginning with the 2015 coverage year, both the measurement and stability periods must be the same length of time. Due to the staging of the measurement and stability periods, the measurement period established in 2014 determines the stability period in the 2015 coverage year.

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FAQ: Determining Employer Size and Employees Eligible for Coverage Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees to provide health care coverage to their full-time employees.

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Insurance Exchanges Required in the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires the establishment of health insurance exchanges in each state.

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The “Affordability” Penalty for Large Employers Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees to either provide health care coverage or pay an IRS penalty.

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WRA’s Healthcare Reform Resource Guide is now online!

Where to Find Rules and Implementation Guidelines Pertaining to the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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FAQ: Changes to Health Plans Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes numerous new requirements for what must be included in health care plans sold in the United States. It also includes prohibitions on insurer actions that restrict access to health coverage based on health status.

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FAQ: The Individual Mandate and Penalty Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Beginning January, 2014, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all US citizens to demonstrate that they have health care coverage or be subject to an annual IRS penalty.

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FAQs: Small Employer Tax Credit Available Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides tax credits to qualifying small employers that choose to provide health care coverage to their employees. While the federal law does not require employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees to provide coverage, they have established this tax credit as an incentive for qualified small employers interested in doing so.

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FAQ: Employer Requirements Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains numerous provisions affecting health care coverage across the nation.