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Understanding Minimum Essential Coverage Options

Understanding the various minimum essential coverage plans that you can offer your employees is essential to providing coverage that matters. At SBMA, we offer the most competitive limited medical plans in the industry. We ensure every client remains ACA compliant by offering our medical plans.

SBMA benefits serve employers with ACA mandated compliance requirements. It supports those employers by offering employees who need affordable benefits the right solution for them. Our mission is to provide great benefits at a great price. SBMA is nationally recognized as industry experts on ACA compliance, ERISA law, and Healthcare Reform, and we’re here to help!

How much can you save with MEC?

How much can you save with MEC? Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) is coverage that complies with ACA requirements. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) states that all employers with 50 or more full-time employees- Applicable Large Employers- are required to provide coverage to all eligible employees or they will be subject to fines/ penalties.

What is MEC and What Does it Cover?

Understanding Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) can be complicated when comparing MEC to minimum value, essential health benefits, and actuarial value. 

Are You Liable for Shared Responsibility Payments?

With all the recent changes to employment due to the global pandemic, navigating ACA compliance can be challenging. ACA noncompliance may lead to shared responsibility payments. Businesses with 50 or more full-time employees must offer affordable, minimum essential health coverage.

What You Need to Know About Penalty A and B Compliance

If you are a business owner and qualify as a “large employer” — any company with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees (employees who average 30 hours per week) — there a few things you need to know regarding employee coverage. If you don’t comply with the regulations set for you, you will face significant penalties, which can quickly add up.

Penalty A and Penalty B Compliance

Employee benefit programs have been mandatory for all applicable large employers (ALE) since the Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010. This Act requires employers to offer minimum essential coverage to all employees who work in a company with a staff of 50 or more. Failure to comply with this requirement will cause penalties for these companies and will likely lead to an IRS Audit down the road. Here is more information regarding the importance of Penalty A and Penalty B compliance.

What Does Minimum Essential Coverage Entail?

Minimum Essential Coverage was created when the Affordable Care Act was enacted. Before the Affordable Care Act began, people who already had medical conditions or had used too much medical care in the past were able to be denied coverage by insurers. Minimum Essential Coverage ensures that all ACA-compliant health care plans offer insurance to all enrollees regardless of health status or which plan they select. What exactly does minimum essential coverage entail?

ACA Penalty A and B Breakdown

All large employers, with greater than 50 employees, must comply with the Affordable Care Act. The ACA requires employers to offer minimum essential coverage to all employees. If an employer does not comply with this employee coverage requirement could lead to penalties for the employer and potentially and IRS audit later on. Here is a breakdown of the ACA penalty A and B, and how they could affect your company:

ACA Penalties May Affect Your Business

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), large employers are required to offer health insurance to their employees. Despite everything going on, the IRS will continue issuing letters to large employers regarding penalties for years prior. Beginning in 2015, employers that do not meet the ACA standards can be assessed by a shared responsibility payment. Here are a few of the details behind the ACA health plan penalties and what that may mean for your business: