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At the end of January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury issued a set of proposed rules to guide proper implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s mandates in 2014.

The guidelines explain the healthcare reform law’s shared responsibility tax, how to determine who is exempt from it and how to calculate the amount of the tax. The HHS and the Treasury drafted a fact sheet to help answer any questions employers or individuals may have regarding the regulations, as well as detailed information to inform the public. The goal of the proposed rules is to make it easier to implement the tax and its exemptions. 

It is important for both employers and employees to understand the what the ACA mandates in terms of coverage requirements and circumstances allowing certain individuals from avoiding the tax. There is minimum essential coverage regulations for several public health insurance plans, and the proposed rules look to clarify what is expected of both employers and employees to get as many Americans covered as possible. 


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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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