The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACS), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is federal legislation signed into law by President Obama in March 2010. The ACA was enacted with the goals of increasing the quality and affordability of health insurance.
The Individual Mandate is now in effect, which requires most Americans to have medical insurance. Those who do not have insurance may have to pay a tax penalty when filing their tax return.
The law also requires an employer with 50 or more full-time employees to offer medical insurance to full-time employees and their children up to age 26 and is referred to as the Employer Shared Responsibility. This portion of the law became effective January 1, 2015 and consists of employer penalties and reporting requirements.
Employers subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility are required to measure an employee’s hours over a period of time and if the employee is determined to be full-time, offer coverage to that employee for an equal period of time regardless of the number of hours worked during that period as long as the employee is still employed. For ACA purposes, a full-time employee is defined as an employee working an average of 30 hours per week or 130 hours per month.
ACA at UO
The University of Oregon does already provide medical insurance to its benefit-eligible employees – Classified and Unclassified employees in positions at .50 FTE or greater. Under the ACA, employees that may not have been in a benefit eligible position in the past or fell below benefit eligibility may now qualify for medical insurance. Examples of employees who may now qualify for medical insurance include: Temporary employees; employees and/or returning retirees in less than .50 FTE positions; employees on leave of absence; employees who go into leave without pay.
Helpful resources have been developed to better understand ACA and its implementation:
Information about ACA notifications issued by the university is provided below: