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Required Health Care Act Notices Due October 1

Although the employer mandate provision has been delayed, October 1, 2013, is still the deadline for notices required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Before October 1, all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to provide current employees with notices regarding new health insurance marketplace coverage options — in California, that’s Covered California.

The notices inform the employee of the existence of the marketplace, a description of services, how to contact the marketplace and other required information.

Also starting October 1, employers must provide the notices to each new hire within 14 days of the employee beginning work.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created two model notices — one for employers that do not offer a health plan and another for employers that do offer a health plan to some or all employees. The model notices — OMB No. 1210-0149 — are available at HRCalifornia.com.

Covered California

Californians without access to affordable health insurance through their employer can purchase health coverage through Covered California. Enrollment begins this October for coverage starting January 1, 2014.

Covered California is designed to help individuals and small businesses compare health plans, get answers, find out if they qualify for federal tax credits and enroll in a plan that meets their needs and budget.

HRCalifornia Help

A special section at HRCalifornia.com includes an overview of federal health care reform and helpful tools and resources, including links to relevant forms, webinar recordings (free to CalChamber members) and government sources of information on the ACA.

A September 5 CalChamber-moderated webinar featured a representative of Covered California explaining what small businesses (1-50 employees) need to know about the state’s new insurance marketplace.

Previous webinars in the CalChamber series on the ACA included an overview of the act’s employer requirements, tax and accounting considerations, and strategies for employee benefits compliance. Recordings of the webinars are free to CalChamber members, $99 for non-members.

Source: California Chamber of Commerce,

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