A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
Health care act requires new notices for all paid employees
Pay attention, pastors, SPPR chairs and church business administrators
By JODI SMITH
Director of Connectional Resources
You will begin hearing more about this in the news media in the coming weeks.
But don’t worry: We’ve got you covered, so be on the lookout as we begin sending information you need to know.
The packets we send will have tools to help you determine whether you are subject to some of the more complicated requirements, and we will show you how to respond.
For now, almost all churches are subject to this basic requirement.
Rules for your Affordable Care Act notice
Written notice: Employers must provide written notice that includes information noted below to all current full- or part-time employees before Oct. 1 regardless of whether you offer a health plan to your employees. This same notice must be provided within 14 days of employment to any new hires after Oct. 1.
The notice must contain: The notice must describe certain information about the health care exchanges, including an explanation of the marketplace, the impact of employer coverage, the tax implications if insurance is purchased in the marketplace, and marketplace contact information.
Sending the notice: You must provide this notice via firstclass mail. Electronic delivery to an individual’s email is sufficient only if you have received a form allowing for electronic delivery. Posting a notice on your website or in your office is not sufficient.
Look for a sample notice: The North Texas Conference Center for Connectional Resources will provide a sample letter for you to use in meeting this new obligation. You will receive this template letter in late August.