Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Information
Employee Notification by Employers
All employers including churches are required by the ACA to notify all their current and new employees staring October 1, 2013 about the existence of the Health Insurance Marketplace (i.e. ACA exchange) in their state plus the employee's possible eligibility to purchase medical insurance and obtain subsidies there. To assist you in complying with this ACA mandate, we have identified a very credible and convenient source of information and guidance. The leaders at GuideStone have authorized EPC churches to click on their special webpage for facts and resources needed for compliance. GuideStone services many evangelical churches and ministries plus collaborates with the EPC and other religious organizations on Benefits topics of mutual interest. For questions or more specific guidance, consult a local attorney. When the following question is encountered on the required template - "Does the employer offer a health plan that meets the minimum value standard?" - be assured that all EPC Medical Plan options meet this requirement.
Afordable Care Act (Obamacare) Fact Sheet (click here). Top 15 ways the ACA impacts EPC churches and employees.
Other Help. Links (below) to helpful resources about Obamacare and healthcare reform from a cross-section of official, neutral, and advocacy organizations:
http://www.epc.org/mediafiles/epc-position-on-2010-affordable-care-act.pdf EPC position on the Obamacare contraceptive mandate
http://www.epc.org/welcome-to-epnews/epc-joins-with-others-in-standing-together-for-religious-freedom/ Joint statement from religious leaxders about the contraceptive mandate, signed by EPC Stated Clerk.
http://www.nae.net/government-relations/for-the-health-of-the-nation/religious-freedom/health-care National Association of Evangelicals on the Contraception Mandate Controversy
http://healthreform.kff.org/ Kaiser Family Foundation, non-partisan information
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act Wikipedia self-authored info
http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/default.htm Info from WebMD
http://www.healthcare.gov/ U.S. Federal Government; Health & Human Services Department
http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform White House information
https://www.highmarkonhealthreform.com/index.shtml Highmark - EPC Claims Administrator
http://www.ahip.org/Issues/Affordable-Care-Act/ American Health Insurance Plans (national trade association representing the health insurance industry)
http://www.ciab.com/Advocacy/HealthCareReformInformationCenter/ Info from the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/advocacy/topics/affordable-care-act.page American Medical Assn.
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1487506 AMA graphic: How to Get 2014 Coverage