NEW BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION LETTER, FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH BENEFITS AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACTSThe purpose of this Benefits Administration Letter (BAL) is to provide you with information that will assist you with informing your employees about the requirements of the Affordable Care Act’s individual shared responsibility provision to maintain minimum essential coverage (MEC) and how that relates to the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. To view BAL 13-205 please click on link below:
If you have questions, please contact your agency’s Headquarters Benefits Officer. If you do not know who this person is, please go to http://apps.opm.gov/abo/ where you will find a list of agencies and their Headquarters Benefits Officers. Headquarters Benefits Officers should contact Ellen Gay at Maryellen.Gay@opm.gov or Wen Fu at Wenqiong.Fu@opm.gov with any questions.
Please note that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the agency responsible for the administration of the Affordable Care Act’s individual shared responsibility provision requirements to maintain MEC. Additional information is located on their website at www.irs.gov/uac/Questions-and-Answers-on-the-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision.
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