If employers have to determine the actuarial value of their health coverage for the purposes of complying with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), what approach, or approaches, should the employers use to calculate the actuarial value?
Officials at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an arm of the U.S. Treasury Department, are asking for comments on 3 different plan valuation proposals in IRS Notice 2012-31.
Opponents of PPACA are fighting the law both in court and in Congress.
If PPACA takes effect on schedule and works as expected, employers classified as “large” will have to provide workers with a minimum level of health coverage starting in 2014 or else pay a penalty.
Workers found to have no group coverage, or inadequate coverage, are supposed to be able to use individual income tax credits to buy coverage through a system of health insurance exchanges, or Web-based insurance supermarkets.
To meet the “minimum essential coverage” standard, an employer must provide an eligible employee with a plan set up in such a way that “the plan’s share of the total allowed costs of benefits provided under the plan is” equal to or greater than 60% of the total allowed costs.
The IRS is getting ready to issue proposed regulations on determining minimum value, officials say in Notice 2012-31.
HHS officials talked about actuarial value calculation methods in a notice released in February.