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Affordable Care Act Deadline for All Employers is Approaching October 1, 2013!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

As most people are aware, portions of the Affordable Care Act  (“ACA”), which is also known as Obamacare, are coming into effect over the next couple years. There is a deadline approaching which applies to all employers, including cities, villages, and towns.  No later than October 1, 2013, all employers must send a “Notice to  Employees of Coverage Options.”  This notice must be sent to all employees, full-time and part-time.  While many portions of the ACA may not apply to small cities, villages and towns (those with fewer than 50 employees), the October 1 deadline applies to all municipal employers, big and small.

The United States Department of Labor has produced two sample notices which are available on the following website.  One is for employers who do not offer a health insurance plan, the other is for employers who do.  The sample notices contain a page of general information, and a page which you, the employer, should fill out prior to delivering the notice to your employees.  There is also quite a bit of general information regarding the ACA on that website.  In addition, the Towns Association has published guidance on its website, and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities has also published an article on the ACA in the September edition of the Municipality.