The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was created in 2010. It was designed to ensure healthcare is affordable and available to more people. Under the ACA regulations, applicable large employers (ALE) are required to provide minimum essential coverage to 95% of their full-time or full-time equivalent employees (someone who works at least 30 hours per week). Companies who qualify as ALE have at least about 50 full time employees in a calendar year.
Voluntary benefits are referred to as employee-paid benefits or supplemental insurance. They are benefits offered by employers to their employees at no additional cost to the employer. The employees pay the full cost of the plan, but it’s made available to them through their employer.
SBMA’s Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) Benefits plan provides expecting mothers the resources to screen for potential risk factors that impact the mother and baby. Some conditions or complications that arise during pregnancy are not easily recognizable, and may require screening and testing for a diagnosis.