Employers and private employers will soon be able to test the new Affordable Care Act health care law’s new employer health benefits provisions for workers in the private sector.
The health care bill passed the House and Senate by wide margins, but the GOP-controlled Senate has yet to pass its own version of the legislation.
If passed, it would become the first major piece of legislation to be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature.
Under the new rule, employers will be able test their employees for their employer health insurance coverage by sending them an employer questionnaire.
Employers will be allowed to ask for the health status of workers by checking a box asking for information about their health, whether they’re enrolled in an employer-sponsored health plan, and whether they have any pre-existing medical conditions.
The questionnaires will include information about the workers’ employer health plans, such as how many of the company’s workers have health insurance and the amount of cost-sharing.
The questionnaires would also be sent out to all employees at the employer, as well as to employees who work for their employers through other sources of pay.
Employers must send the questions to their employees’ employer’s human resources department within 30 days of their receipt.
Employees who do not receive the employer questionnaire within 30 business days will be subject to a 10 percent penalty on their payroll.
In addition, employers must notify employees if they plan to offer their employees coverage under the employer health plan for at least 90 days before the end of the 90-day period.
The bill also requires employers to offer an employee health insurance plan to employees at least once a year.
The measure would apply to all employers, including those that are non-profit and nonprofit, small businesses and other small businesses that do not meet certain criteria, such at-risk small businesses, nonprofit colleges and universities, and small employers with fewer than 50 employees.