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April 20, 2014

October 1, 2013 Deadline for Notice to Employees of Coverage Options Under the Affordable Care Act

An important deadline under the Affordable Care Act is rapidly approaching.  By no later than October 1, 2013, all employers must distribute a notice to all current employees to inform them of certain health coverage options under the new public exchanges.  Employers must provide this notice regardless of how many persons they employ and regardless of whether they offer employer-sponsored health coverage.  On and after October 1, employers also will have to provide these notices to new employees at the time of hiring.

Information on this requirement, including model notices, can be found on the Department of Labor’s website.  Notices must include specific information about the new public exchanges and, if the employer offers employer-sponsored health coverage, certain information about the employer’s health plan.  Although the model notices are good starting points, they are potentially confusing to employees and leave out information that may be important to employers and/or employees (such as reminding employees that the individual mandate takes effect January 1, 2014, and explaining that enrolling in employer-sponsored coverage will prevent the employee from paying individual mandate penalties).  Every employer is encouraged to evaluate whether it should modify the model notice to better fit the needs of the company and its employees.

Employers needing assistance with the preparation and content of their notices should contact their plan advisors now, due to the closeness of the deadline.

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About the Author

C. Marcus Harris, Labor, Employment, attorney, Poyner Spruill, law firm
Attorney at Law

Marc divides his time between two primary areas of practice, employee benefits and corporate and business law.  In the area of employee benefits, he represents clients in the design, implementation and administration of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans and deferred compensation plans and related management employment agreements for tax exempt, governmental and for-profit employers.  Additionally, Marc has extensive experience representing physician practices in mergers with other practices, forming and ending relationships with hospitals and management services...

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Kelsey's practice is focused in the areas of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.  She works with public and private employers on all aspects of qualified and non-qualified plans, welfare benefit plans, fringe benefit plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and executive compensation plans.

Representative Experience

  • Advising employers on welfare and fringe benefit plans, including HIPAA, COBRA, domestic partner, and non-discrimination issues.
  • Assisting employers create and maintain retirement plans in compliance with ERISA and...
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