Massachusetts Affordable Care Act laws & HR compliance analysis

Massachusetts Affordable Care Act: What you need to know

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a system of healthcare exchanges (or “marketplaces”) to provide individuals and small employers with access to affordable insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2014. The exchanges are supposed to make it easy for small businesses and individuals to compare healthcare plans, receive answers to their questions, find out whether they are eligible for certain tax credits and/or health programs, and enroll in a healthcare plan that works for them.
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States had the flexibility to design and operate exchanges that best met their unique needs while complying with ACA’s statutory and regulatory standards. All the states had to make a choice regarding what kind of exchange they wanted. Basically, the states could:
• Build a fully state-based exchange;
• Default to a federal exchange (often referred to as a “federally facilitated exchange”); or
• Enter into a state partnership exchange with the federal government.
Each state had to establish an exchange where individuals can go to buy coverage, but the states also had to set up Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs or SHOP exchanges) where small businesses can purchase coverage.
Massachusetts decided to run its own state-based exchange, called Health Connector, instead of having the federal government run one.
The Health Connector has a webpage for individuals and families that is designed to help them find:
• Important resources and tools;
• Where to locate a navigator;
• How to get started; and
• Up-to-date information, reminders, and guidance through the open enrollment period and beyond.
The Health Connector also has a webpage for small employers, which has ...

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Massachusetts Affordable Care Act Resources

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