Beginning on October 1, 2013, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA), covered employers are required to provide information to employees about health care coverage options available through a Health Insurance Marketplace. As the attached Department of Labor Technical Release explains, employers who are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide notice to existing employees not later than October 1, 2013, and notice to employees hired after October 1, 2013, within 14 days of the employee’s start date. The DOL has prepared two model notices for use by employers who provide a health plan, and those that do not. The DOL has also prepared a model COBRA election form, which includes information about coverage options available through a Healthcare Marketplace.
The DOL Technical Release can be found here: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/tr13-02.html. The Release includes links to model notices and the revised COBRA election form. A helpful summary can also be found on page 18 of the July/August issue of the Multnomah Lawyer. http://www.mbabar.org/assets/ml_julaug13_final.pdf