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As outlined in the fall 2013 GIC For Your Benefit newsletter, federal health care reform requires that all current employees – whether or not they are eligible for benefits – must be informed by October 1, 2013, of certain information relating to health insurance options through the Marketplaces; new employees after that date must receive the same notice. Circulation to employees by email is acceptable, unless the employee does not have access to email at work. In that case, the Notice must be provided directly to employees.

Executive Branch: Paul Dietl, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Commonwealth, emailed this Notice to all Executive Branch employees who have email addresses. The Human Resources Division  asked the HR Advisory Council to coordinate with their respective agency HR Directors to distribute paper copies of the Notice to all employees without email addresses. 

UMass, Higher Ed, Judicial, and other Branches: Notices were sent to agency heads, with the request that they circulate the notice individually to all employees, benefitted and non-benefitted, who receive their paycheck and W-2 from the Commonwealth’s payroll systems, HR/CMS or UMass.

Municipalities, Housing and Redevelopment Authorities and Other Offline Agencies:  As sent to you by email on August 29, please distribute the notice to all benefit and non-benefit eligible employees no later than October 1.  The notice may be distributed by email to employees with an email address; please distribute paper copies to employees without an email address. 

HIRD Form Discontinued and Replaced with Marketplace Notice: The FY14 budget repealed use of the Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) form. However, this repeal still requires that HIRD forms collected prior to the change in law be kept on file for three years after they were collected from employees. All new employees hired after October 1, 2013, must be given a Marketplace Notice. We also recommend that this Notice be given to employees who become non-benefit eligible, such as when their hours are reduced to less than part time (18.75 hours in a 37.5-hour workweek). The HIRD form is no longer part of the Annual Enrollment process. All GIC Coordinator procedures have been updated.


This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission.