October 3, 2013
International Foundation Educates Employers on How to Communicate About the Affordable Care Act
How-to Guide Features Ten Tips for Navigating the ACA
Brookfield, WI October 3, 2013: Today, the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans released a new guide to help employers speak to their employees about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The online guide, “Explaining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Your Workers: A How-To Guide” includes a top-ten list of tips for educating employees, a glossary of ACA-specific terms, a timeline detailing the implementation of the law and a fact sheet about what ACA means for employees
“People still have a lot of questions regarding the Affordable Care Act and many are concerned about how it might affect their benefits,” said International Foundation Research Director, Julie Stich. “Now that open enrollment for the health care exchanges is available, we wanted to provide employers with a resource that they can use when having conversations with their employees on what to expect as they implement ACA within their organization.”
“Explaining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Your Workers: A How-To Guide” is available to the public at www.ifebp.org/communicatingACA.
Explaining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Your Workers: A How-To Guide
Explain ACA simply and concisely. The law and its regulatory guidance are far-reaching, complicated and lengthy. Stick to the basics when communicating with your participants.
Focus on the most immediate changes. Cover what is happening during open enrollment and what changes are coming in 2014.
Focus on the areas that most impact your workers.
Clarify that your workers do NOT need to purchase health insurance through the public exchanges. (Most employers are maintaining their coverage. If you are dropping coverage for some or all of your employees, be explicit in the steps they need to take.)
About the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is a member-driven organization with five decades of experience as a leading objective source of employee benefits, compensation and financial literacy education and information within the American and Canadian workplace. The Foundation’s expertise is industry wide; and it offers resources that include Foundation staff, training, conferences and research on topics critical to assisting its 33,000 multiemployer, corporate and public sector members respond to trends affecting the well-being of more than 25 million lives in North America. For additional information, visit www.ifebp.org.