Browse our materials on the Affordable Care Act and check back for updates!
November 15, 2013
President Obama announced yesterday that insurers can offer customers the option to renew their current plans for 2014, even if those plans don't meet the new health care reform requirements. This extension was added to address the number of Americans who have received cancellation notices from their insurance companies if those plans were non-compliant with the ACA. You can read more here: White House blog post.
Also – wondering what most school districts are doing to prepare for the Affordable Care Act? Check out the results from our latest survey! View Infographic
July 2, 2013
The Administration has announced they will delay the penalties for the Employer Shared Mandate by a year, giving districts more time to set up, test and adjust their reporting systems in preparation for full implementation in 2015.
You can read more about the recent changes here: Update on the Affordable Care Act
April 23, 2013
The IRS and U.S. Department of the Treasury held a public hearing on April 23 where representatives from more than 20 organizations expressed their concerns with the Employer Shared Responsibility regulations.
Representatives with an education background included individuals from the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. The concerns covered a variety of topics, including determining the lookback period, allowing 95% to count as full coverage, reducing employee hours to avoid penalties and counting hours for education professionals.
You can read more on the public hearing here: http://www.healthcarereformdigest.com/treasury-irs-hold-public-hearing-on-employer-shared-responsibility-penalties-under-ppaca
We're just scratching the surface of the proposed regulations. Check out some of these great resources for more detailed information.
Healthcare Reform Q&A for Employers: Got questions? Check out a whopping 276 FAQs on the Healthcare Reform. (Gallagher Benefit Services: January 28, 2013)
Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage: Want to read the proposed regulations for yourself? Here you go! (Department of the Treasury: December 28, 2012)
Affordable Care Act and Substitute Teachers: Watch this informative presentation by Terry Christensen, HR Director at Tooele School District (STEDI.org: September 25, 2012)
IRS Releases Proposed Regulations on the Affordable Care Act: A helpful summary of key provisions in the proposed regulations (Proskauer: February 4, 2013)
Making the 'Play or Pay' Decision: An informative article weighing the financial pros and cons of providing benefits or not. (SHRM: February 4, 2013)
Timeline of Effective Dates for Key HCR Provisions: A detailed chart on anticipated key deadlines for ACA (American Fidelity Assurance Company: 2012)