Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, employers with more than 200 full-time employees must automatically enroll new employees in one of their health benefit plans and continue the enrollment of current employees.
Keep in mind, however, that the automatic enrollment provision needs to include ample notice – and a chance for an employee to opt out of the coverage and choose another option (or opt out altogether). Automatic enrollment may be subject to a legal waiting period, too.
Like with auto-enrollment in 401(k)-type plans, this change is expected to increase participation in employer-sponsored health care plans and ensure coverage for more Americans.
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