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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

EMPLOYER CASH PAYMENTS TO REIMBURSE EMPLOYEES FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS–NO!

Many employers offer or provide cash to employees to reimburse them for the cost of purchasing an individual health insurance policy. Others offer employees with high claims risk a choice between enrolling in the company’s standard group health plan or choice. Some companies purchase a product that allow employers to cancel their group policies, setup a reimbursement plan that works with brokers or agents to help employees select individual policies, and allow eligible employees to access premium tax credits.

The Department of Labor has announced that any of the above will be a violation of the Affordable Care Act – violating companies can be subject to penalties as high as $100 per employee per day. The bureaucratization and regulation of health care marches on.

If you think this may apply to you or your clients, see the FAQ below for more details.

FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation (Part XXII), November 6, 2014

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