September 18, 2013
The Health Insurance Marketplace is coming soon – What does this mean for Employees of the Archdiocese?
In recent days, there has been much in the press regarding the October 1 open enrollment for the health insurance exchanges which have been developed per the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also referred to as ‘obamacare’). The ACA requires that states establish health insurance exchanges to be in place on January 1, 2014.
On or around October 1, all staff of the Archdiocese will be sent notices, as required by the law, with information regarding the exchanges and their options. The notices contain information for staff on where to obtain detailed information regarding our plans and the exchanges.
Benefit eligible staff will continue to have the health insurance options in place as of our open enrollment July 1, 2013. The notices and the health insurance exchange have no impact on our health plan offerings. The plans offered by the Archdiocese are in compliance with the requirements, and are considered affordable based on the parameters established under the ACA. Since our plan is a church plan we are able to continue to offer a benefit plan consistent with Church teaching.
Staff who are not eligible for benefits based on their work schedule, and are presently uninsured, are encouraged to visit the health care website to explore the options available.
Please feel free to contact our Benefits office if you have any questions regarding our plan. For additional information on the ACA, please see www.healthcare.gov or www.cuidadodesalud.gov in Spanish.
Director of Personnel Services