October 1st Deadline for Employers to Provide Required Exchange Notices

As a reminder, employers are required under Health Care Reform to provide each employee a written notice with information about a Health Insurance Exchange (also known as a Marketplace). Below are three important points about the notice.

1. Notices must be provided to each current employee no later than October 1, 2013, and to each new employee at the time of hiring beginning October 1, 2013. In general, a notice will be considered provided “at the time of hiring” if it is provided within 14 days of an employee’s start date. Employers may distribute the notice by first-class mail, or electronically if certain requirements are met.

2. The U.S. Department of Labor has provided two sample notices employers may use to comply with this requirement. The law requires that specific information be included in each notice. One model notice is available for employers that offer a health plan to some or all employees, and another model notice may be used by employers that do not offer a health plan.

3. Employers must provide the notice to each employee, regardless of plan enrollment status (if applicable) or of part-time or full-time status. Employers are not required to provide a separate notice to dependents or other individuals who are or may become eligible for coverage under the plan but who are not employees.

The notice requirement applies to all employers covered by the federal  Fair Labor Standards Act. Be sure to visit our section on Health Care Reform for information on other notices required to be provided and to download additional model notices available for employers and group health plans.

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