Employers must notify employees about health insurance available through state and federal exchanges by October 1, 2013.

Who gets notified

You must send a notice to all full- and part-time employees, whether or not they are on your group health plan. You do not have to notify employees’ dependents or others who are eligible for coverage but are not employees. New employees hired on or after October 1, 2013, must receive this notification within 14 days of their start dates.

Employers can use a template

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) created model notices.

Minimum value standard question

If your group health plan does not meet the minimum value standard, your employees may be able to get a tax credit by buying health insurance on a federal or state exchange. Therefore, you must show on the model notice whether your group health plan meets this minimum value standard. Please note: Your health plan meets the ACA’s minimum value standard if it pays for at least 60 percent of each covered employee’s health care costs.


The penalty for not distributing the notice is $100 per worker per day.

DOL Release Sept 11 – If your company is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, it should provide a written notice to its employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace by October 1, 2013, but there is no fine or penalty under the law for failing to provide the notice.