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Defined Contribution Health Plans

Under a defined contribution health plan, an employer gives its employees a fixed contribution to purchase health insurance coverage. Employees use that money to buy or help pay for a health insurance plan they select for themselves. The concept of a defined contribution employee benefit is not new; most employees are familiar with the defined contribution approach through their retirement benefits. However, recently there has been an increased interest in the defined contribution approach to health benefits. 

The heightened interest in defined contribution health plans is mainly due to the increasing costs of health coverage and changes made by... click here for more

 

DOL Issues Model Exchange Notice and Sets Compliance Deadline

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, individuals and employees of small businesses will have access to insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance exchanges (Exchanges). Open enrollment under the Exchanges will begin on Oct. 1, 2013. ACA requires employers to provide all new hires and current employees with a written notice about ACA’s Exchanges. This requirement is found in Section 18B of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

On May 8, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) released Technical Release 2013-02 to provide temporary guidance on the Exchange notice requirement. This temporary guidance will remain in effect until the DOL... click here for more