The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) has posted a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) that addressed income verification procedures related to subsidies for low-income people purchasing insurance through the new Exchanges, also known as Marketplaces. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) previously delayed until 2015 the effective date of penalties on employers who fail to provide affordable, minimum value coverage to all full-time employees.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has kicked off a Health Insurance Marketplace education effort with a new, consumer-focused HealthCare.gov website and a 24-hours-a-day consumer call center to help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance. The new tools are intended to help people understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1. Read the rest of this entry »
Earlier this year, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case with significant implications for all employers. It said that statements in an employee handbook and correspondence to employees may grant them rights beyond those to which they are entitled under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).