Starting in July 2013 – Massachusetts HIRD/Fair Share requirements have been eliminated. In its place, an annual notification to employees will be utilized. The Massachusetts Connector will develop and outline information which will notify all employees in a manner and form prescribed by the Connector, of the employer’s compliance with subsection (a) and the opportunity for eligible employees to enroll in the employer’s sponsored health insurance plan or the employer’s cafeteria plan that is in compliance with chapter 151F
In addition, an Employer Medical Assistance contribution will be levied and administered by the Division of Unemployment Assistance for employers with 5 or more employees. Maximum annual fee per employee is about $50 and the fee will commence on 1/1/2014. This fee is less than the current annual $62 per employee fee charged for the DUA which was repealed by the budget bill effective 1/1/2014.
In 2015, Employer Shared Responsibility as outlined in the ACA will go into effect in essence to replace the HIRD/Fair Share requirements set by the state in 2006.
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