Health Care Reform – What Employers Need To Do Now

by | Jun 11, 2013 | Blog

  • Amy Letke

    Amy Newbanks Letke, SPHR, GPHR, is the Founder of Integrity HR, Inc. Amy provides workplace solutions to improve performance, reduce liability and increase profits. She is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and business owners achieve success. Contact us for more insights - 502-753-0970 or

Watch The Video To Learn The Three Things Employers Need To Do Now When It Comes To Health Care Reform

Hi everybody, Amy Letke From Integrity HR. It’s hard to believe that nearly half of a year has gone by and oh my gracious there’s so much to do before the end of this year. Not to mention some stuff that you as an employer need to get done quickly. What am I talking about?

Yes. Health Care Reform. PPACA, ACA…I’m going to call it Health Care Reform. But everybody’s got an acronym and it means all about the same kinda of thing. There’s important things that you need to do right away and you may or may not be thinking about them because right now you’re concerned with how to deal with you employees’ health care coverage. But I want to bring them to your attention so you can be ahead of the game before the end of the year.

1. Get A Solid Benefits Strategy

First of all, if you have not met with your benefits advisor or broker to get a good solid benefits strategy for how the health reform law effects you and your organization, you need to do it right away. Get an appointment, make sure you’ve got a strategy. Depending on your size of employer whether you’re small or large you have got to get it down. So get with your broker. If you don’t have one, give us a call and we would be happy to get you in touch with someone who can be helpful to you.

2. Think About Your Employee Communication

Have you thought about your employee communication? Everyone right now has been so worried about what they are going to do and what they are not going to do. You really need to think about your message to your employees. They’r hearing it on the news, they’re talking about it with their friends, but as soon as you can you need to put a communication plan in place to tell your employees what your plans are for going into 2014. Don’t forget you’ve got some postings coming up as well, your broker and advisor should be able to help you with that.

3. Update Your Employee Handbook

You need to look at your Employee Handbook. What does it say about a full time employee? The Rules are changing with the health care reform. If you haven’t updated your Employee Handbook recently you need to. If nothing else to be in compliance with this new law.

And finally, we’ve got a special report for you. It’s a checklist. If you’re a small employer with fewer that 50 employees, this is a really handy checklist to help you go into 2014 with a lot of success. If you’re a larger employer you may still want to check out that list; it’s got some great stuff on there that also impacts you. Feel free to download it from our website so you can have access to it.

Remember, Health Care Reform it’s going to be here before we know it. The first half of the year is behind us and the next half is going to blow by quicker than we can imagine.

You’ve got some critical things to think about from an HR standpoint:

#1: What’s your strategy for your benefits? Get that inline. If you need some help, give us a call, we’ll get you in touch with somebody.

#2 Think about your communication to your employees. That’s something you are going to need to be doing very soon.

#3: Get that employee handbook and those communications updated to reflect those new requirements for the law.

If we can help in any way, you know who to call. Thanks and have a great rest of your summer.


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