The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, was passed in 2010 with the Supreme Court upholding the law in 2012. More succinctly entitled the Affordable Care Act, President Obama anticipated a mandate that would “put consumers back in charge of their health care”. Several of the regulations from this bill and the Internal Revenue Service’s edicts relate specifically to part-time employees, which constitute much of the substitute teacher population. It is now in the best interest of districts to use absence management systems and carefully track worked hours to determine the validity of part-time versus full-time employment.
If you’re already using an absence management system, do you have access to your district’s data? Have you started accessing historical and current data to assist with setting Affordable Care Act policies in your district? But we’re talking about a lot of data – and in its raw form can be difficult, time consuming, and overwhelming to average, aggregate, and filter. Consider working with an absence management expert; someone who can help you:
Quickly identify substitutes / groups who have exceeded 30 hours
Develop and implement ACA polices in your district
Use historical data to estimate the financial impact of the polices you put in place
Determine who will be eligible for benefits during the stability period
Absence management tools – like SmartFindExpress – offer the tools you need to manage the ACA process in your district – from “look-back” to “stability” to monitoring; you’ll be able to determine which substitutes are working 30 or more hours each week.
Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it affects substitutes by joining us at our eSchool Solutions SmartFindExpress Solutions Summit in Denver, Colorado on April 9 – 11, 2014. As one of our key topics, eSchool Solutions promises to answer as many questions as you have concerning substitute teaching as it pertains to the Affordable Care Act, and how absence management systems can remove many of those concerns.