“We are committed to being the foremost authority on health care for the restaurant industry, and this is the first step toward becoming the one-stop shop we envision,” CRA President + CEO Jot Condie said. “As restaurant operators look to make changes in their businesses to comply with the law, we are finding ways to provide them with everything they need to make such important decisions.”
The CRA is working closely with the California Health Benefits Exchange, or Covered California, as well as Health Law Guide for Business and the National Restaurant Association to develop information and tools for restaurant operators to use in determining how to provide qualifying health care coverage to their employees or support them in navigating alternative options.
The new website area includes frequently asked questions, an implementation timeline, information about accessing small business tax credits and detailed breakdowns of employer requirements, as well as directions for using other resources, including Covered California, which launched a consumer-facing microsite in December.
The section also will cover the law’s newest provisions and any clarifying guidance issued by the government. For example, in March, the law requires employers to begin informing employees about the existence of Covered California and how employees can access it; potential eligibility for federal assistance if the health plan offered by your business is “unaffordable” based on criteria under the health care law and if the employee household income is below certain thresholds; and possible loss of employer contribution to health coverage if employees choose to purchase health insurance through Covered California’s Individual Exchange.
The Department of Labor is expected to provide will provide a template for providing written notices, and the CRA will notify the industry when such clarification is released.
For more information, go online at calrest.org/healthcare.