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PPACA Gets Shakespearean About Health Coverage Option Notification

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 | Category: Employee On-boarding, Employment Administration, Government Regulatory & Compliance Issues, Human Resources, Our Blog, Payroll/Benefits

PPACA and a fortnight to provide health care coverage information to employees

This guy also liked to use the word fortnight.  Just saying…

Human resources fun fact: All the really cool words in the English language have something to do with HR. We kid you not. Take, for example:


a period of 14 days :  two weeks

Middle English fourtenight, alteration of fourtene night, from Old English fēowertȳne niht. First Known Use: before 12th century

Be sure to give your new hires written notice about health care coverage options available through the new insurance exchange within a fortnight of their start date.

(Did you see what we did there?)

All joking aside, here’s an important reminder about
PPACA requirements.

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that, regardless of the size of your business, the recently enacted health care reform requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) include a provision that says employers must provide a written notice to their employees about health coverage options available through the new insurance marketplace (formerly called the insurance exchange). This written notice was to be given to all employees as of October 1, 2013. Now it must also be given to all new hires within 14 days of their start date—or as we like to say, within a fortnight. (That rumbling noise you hear is William Shakespeare rolling in his grave right now.)

The US Department of Labor (DOL) provides temporary guidance and model notices to help employers comply with this requirement, which can be downloaded here. The DOL model notice that may be used by an employer that offers health coverage to some or all of its employees can be downloaded here.

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