The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a number of significant changes to group health plans since the law was enacted in 2010. Since that time, a number of changes have been made to various ACA requirements that employers and plan sponsors should be aware of. It is important for employers to periodically review their benefit plans in order to maintain compliance with these various requirements.
Changes to some ACA requirements take effect in 2021 for employers sponsoring group health plans, such as increased dollar limits. To prepare for 2021, employers should review these upcoming requirements and develop a compliance strategy.
This ACA Overview provides an ACA compliance checklist for 2021. Please contact MJ Insurance, Inc. for assistance or if you have questions about changes that were required in previous years.
Plan Design Changes
The following plan design requirements have changed for 2021:
- Limits on cost-sharing for essential health benefits
- Coverage affordability percentages under the employer shared responsibility rules
Health flexible spending account (FSA) salary contribution limits are also expected to change for 2021.
The following amounts related to ACA penalties have changed for 2021
- Maximum penalties for ACA reporting violations
- Dollar amounts for calculating employer shared responsibility penalties