The Affordable Care Act requires all U.S. citizens and legal residents to have or to obtain qualifying health insurance coverage, effective January 1, 2014, or pay a tax penalty unless they meet certain criteria and receive an exemption from this requirement.  One way for Minnesota residents to fulfill this requirement is through the MNSure marketplace, where individuals can obtain health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act requires that employers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide their employees with a written notice containing information regarding health insurance marketplaces, such as MNSure, as well as options and costs, by October 1, 2013, though the Department of Labor has confirmed that there will be no fine or penalty if an employer fails to provide the notice.

Both MNSure and the United States Department of Labor offer model notices for employers to use.

To determine whether you must provide the required notice, to determine which notice you should use or for other legal guidance regarding the Affordable Care Act, please feel free to contact us.

Winthrop & Weinstine’s Health Law Group has its finger on the pulse of today’s constantly changing health care industry, whether it be regulatory or compliance issues, representation before state and federal agencies or the legislature, employment counseling or litigation. We monitor the daily changes in health law regulations and new developments in the industry. We focus on helping our clients overcome their health care-related challenges and meet their business goals.