Overview: Health care benefits are an important part of the overall compensation package and employee benefit program that employers use to attract and retain workers. Employees value health care benefits because they soften the financial impact of a catastrophic, unanticipated illness or injury.
Employees are typically provided an opportunity to participate in the employer's group health plan. Eligibility for participation may depend on a number of factors including working for a required period of time and/or an individual's employment status (e.g., full time or part time).
Most health care benefit packages include medical and prescription drug coverage, but many employers offer more comprehensive packages that include dental and vision benefits as well. Basic health insurance covers costs related to hospital care, including hospitalization, inpatient surgery and doctor fees related to the hospitalization.
Trends: The requirements of the Affordable Care Act pose some real challenges for HR professionals, and its requirements have a significant impact on how both employers and employees view health care benefits.
Author: Tracy Morley, SPHR, Legal Editor
The IRS is urgently reminding self-insured employers, applicable large employers and providers of health coverage that the due date to electronically file information returns in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is this week - on June 30. This includes electronic filing of the 1094 and 1095 series of forms.
Updated to reflect forthcoming amendments regarding contraceptives, sterilization and enrollment of pregnant individuals in the state health insurance exchange.
Updated to include information on the Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act and to reflect EEOC final rules on wellness programs, the ADA and GINA.
The Supreme Court will not resolve a contentious case involving the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) contraceptive coverage requirement Instead, it issued a unanimous ruling that sends Zubik v. Burwell back to the lower courts without any broad pronouncement.
Updated to reflect information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's maximum annual limitation on cost sharing.
This podcast gives listeners a unique look inside the Supreme Court with on-the-scene coverage of Zubik v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) contraceptive coverage requirement. The Court recently heard arguments in this case brought by two dozen religiously affiliated nonprofits, and we feature the key questions on the justices' minds.
The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a closely-watched case involving the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage requirement. But during the 90 minute argument in Zubik v. Burwell, the now eight-person Court appeared equally divided. If the justices split 4-4, that would mean religious-based organizations in different parts of the country would have differing obligations.
HR guidance on understanding the value of health care benefits.