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  This fee is less than the current annual $62 per employee fee charged for the DUA which was repealed by the budget bill effective 1/1/2014.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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Teri Weber

Teri Weber

Partner at Spring Consulting Group, LLC
Teri Weber, ACI is a Senior Vice President with Spring Consulting Group. She has over 10 years of experience in health and welfare plan strategy, design, pricing, and implementation. She also works with absence management programs, including disability, family medical leave and leave of absence tracking. Her areas of expertise have allowed her to work with diverse employers and vendors to streamline processes and programs to meet the needs of insurers, administrators, employers and employees. Teri is on the Board for the New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC) and recently served as lead editor for the Disability Management Employer Coalition’s (DMEC) Return to Work Program Manual. Prior to joining Spring, Teri worked with Watson Wyatt, Buck Consultants and AON Consulting. In addition she was an Account Manager with Health Direct, Inc. Teri earned a BS at the University of Connecticut and a MBA at the University of Massachusetts. She holds an ACI designation and is a licensed broker in the states of MA and CT.