These UNL Extension Web pages bring together information to help Nebraska businesses understand the Affordable Care Act rules and regulations and to manage their implementation. Regardless of whether you are self-employed or if you employ a small or large number of people you can locate timely resources and information here.
The Affordable Care Act was signed into law, March 23, 2010. Some mandates are already in place, more become effective January 1, 2015 and other mandates become effective in later years. Spend time now to evaluate how these changes will affect your business operation and develop a business strategy that fulfills the ACA requirements and best meets your needs for business continuation and growth.
The ACA regulations are subject to change. To have the latest information, visit this website often and talk with your advisors. You will also find the latest information at the federal ACA website: healthcare.gov.
SBA to offer ACA Webinars for Small Business. SBA, the Department of Health Human and Services, and Small Business Majority are offering free weekly webinars (Nov-Dec) where small employers can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their organization and employees. Topics covered include cost containment, the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, and Employer Shared Responsibility. Webinars available in English and Spanish. You do need to pre-register for sessions you plan to attend.IRS Determination for Pre-tax Reimbursements. On September 13, 2013 and again on March 13, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued a Notice (2013-54) and the subsequent Q&A which informs employers that they are prohibited through the ACA from reimbursing employees on a pre-tax basis for premiums the employees pay for individual health insurance policies, either in or outside the individual exchange/marketplace. More....
Transitional Policy Changes. March 5, 2014 - President Obama announced a two-year extension to the transition policy (first issued on November 14, 2013) for individual and small group health plans. On April 30 - Nebraska Department of Insurance reversed its previous ruling stating. More...
Large Business Responsibility Provision Delay. February 10, 2014 - The Obama Administration announced a delay in the employer responsibility provision for businesses with less than 100 employees (Q&A on Final Regulations). Businesses that have 50 to 99 full-time equivalent employees now have until January 1, 2016 to comply. Employers with 100+ FTE have until January 1, 2015 to comply, if they meet certain conditions. More....
SHOP online enrollment delayed until November 2014. Although the SHOP marketplace for small businesses has been delayed until November 2014, small employers with less than 50 employees may still enroll in SHOP using paper applications or by phoning the Small Employer Call Center. Instructions are available at healthcare.gov. It is recommended that small business owners work through an insurance broker or agent who offers a qualified SHOP plan and has agreed to "conduct enrollment according to HHS standards." This "direct enrollment" is similar to the process most businesses have used in previous years.
Information provided here is from a variety of resources managed by government agencies, professionals, organizations, and non-profits. The information is not intended as tax or legal advice, and it may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any federal or state tax penalties.
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UNL Extension ACA Team
For questions or additional information, email: ACAbizNE@unl.edu
Phone: Marilyn Schlake (402.472.4138); Carroll Welte (402.374.2929); Jim Crandall (308.995.3889); Charlotte Narjes (402.472.1724)
Changing Employer Perspectives
In a recent online article, "How is Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Changing?" Kaiser Health News staff writer, Jay Hancock takes a looks at industry changes for employer-sponsored health insurance. Key changes include controlling rising insurance costs for the employer and shifting costs and control to employees through incentives and the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). See more options in the 50 or more category.