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Townships Must Provide Notice to Employees by October 1

Wednesday September 25th, 2013

The Affordable Care Act requires ALL employers, regardless of whether they provide health insurance to their employees, to provide a notice of the availability of health care insurance through the federal health insurance marketplace. This notice must occur by October 1, 2013, to existing employees and to newly hired employees within 14 days of their start date.

Townships are encouraged to use the model forms provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, which are available at www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/. The notice must provide information to employees about the opportunities afforded by the marketplace, as well as information regarding the township’s health care plan, if it provides health insurance coverage. The notice must be provided to employees via first-class mail or email, provided that employees’ consent is first obtained to provide the information electronically. All townships should work to comply with this notice provision. However, DOL has stated that there is no fine or penalty for failure to comply.

Please contact your health insurance provider with specific questions regarding your plan. If you have additional questions, please contact PSATS at (717) 763-0930.