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ACA requires marketplace notice to employees

September 16, 2013

For constituent dental societies that have not already acted, it is important to understand that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) amends the Fair Labor Standards Act by creating a requirement that employers provide a notice to employees informing them of the existence of the newly formed ACA marketplaces along with information on how to contact the marketplace to request assistance in purchasing coverage if employees choose to do so. Specifically, by October 1 all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (which includes dental offices with employees) should furnish each employee with a notice that informs the employee that there are new health insurance marketplace coverage options available. Department of Labor notices designed for this purpose are available for printing. One notice is for employers who offer a health plan to some or all employees and the other is for employers who do not. Please note: There is no penalty or fine under the law for failing to provide the notice.

The requirement has no effect on whether an employer offers health care coverage.