COLUMBUS, Ga., June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the worksite in the United States, today announced a service to help employers meet ongoing Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance requirements. As part of Aflac Business SolutionsSM, a suite of value-added services that addresses the evolving and emerging needs of business owners and their employees, Aflac has partnered with Accord, NavigateHCR and Worxtime to provide much-needed support.
"Many business owners are experiencing increased responsibility to remain compliant with ongoing ACA reporting requirements," said Keith Pellerin, vice president of Product Management and Innovation at Aflac. "To help employers navigate through this complex benefits and health insurance landscape, Aflac has partnered with three top reporting companies to make it both simple and cost-effective for employers to get the compliance services they need, when they need them."
According to a recent survey conducted by Aflac, with most of the significant reporting requirements taking hold this year, nearly half of employers with 50 or more workers reported that they are only somewhat prepared to comply with IRS reporting rules in 2016.1
Aflac's ACA reporting partnerships help business owners reduce the administrative tasks related to employee health care and enable them to take advantage of services at Aflac-preferred rates. Aflac employer clients will have access to ACA compliance solutions, including:
- ACA phone and email hotlines to provide responses to ACA-related questions.
- Communication support, including 1095 communications aimed at employees so they stay informed of any ACA-related notifications or changes to their coverage.
- Electronic IRS filing services of 1094 and 1095 forms.
- Standard and customized reports, analytics and testing to reduce risk of fines and fees.
- Tracking and monitoring employee eligibility, including leave of absences as well as seasonal or union employees.
"We understand that our clients, policyholders and broker partners need more from their benefits provider. With this value added service, Aflac helps employers meet their needs with not just our insurance policies but also by providing them support to understand—and more importantly comply—with evolving health care regulations. Along with our nationwide network of agents, we will continue to provide employers with new tools and resources to help them satisfy ACA requirements and make smart benefits choices for their organization and employees," added Pellerin.
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the worksite. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative, Aflac U.S. can receive, process, approve and disburse payment for eligible claims in one business day. In Japan, Aflac is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance and insures 1 in 4 households. Aflac individual and group insurance products help provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For 10 consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2016, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 18th consecutive year and included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 15th time, ranking the company No. 1 in innovation for the insurance, life and health category for the second consecutive year. In 2015, Aflac's contact centers were recognized by J.D. Power by providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" for the Live Phone Channel. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac and One Day PaySM, visit aflac.com or espanol.aflac.com.
Accord Systems is a national provider of full-service Affordable Care Act tracking, reporting, filing, fulfillment and consulting services. Accord applies more than 80 years of collective benefit and data administration into the design of a Ruby on Rails-driven technology platform, which has resulted in a suite of proprietary tools to ensure data and filing accuracy for clients. Forms Patrol, Accord's lines 14-16 code validation tool, helped identify an average code combination error of 16 percent on more than 2 million employee records. Accord is based in Alpharetta, Georgia. To find out more about Accord Systems, visit accord-aca.com.
NavigateHCR is a technology and service company that offers a solution to the newly implemented Affordable Care Act mandate, which requires all employers, regardless of employee count, to follow governmental guidelines established by the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service. NavigateHCR is the oldest ACA full-service compliance and technology company and works with all size clients across the United States. NavigateHCR has four core components: compliance communication, exposure analysis, functional data and concierge services. To find out more about NavigateHCR, visit navigatehcr.com.
Worxtime is a solution for employers to plan and manage employee's hours and track employee status as mandated by the Affordable Care Act regulations. Worxtime is an ACA compliance web application, regulating employee eligibility by utilizing the "Look Back" method. Worxtime manages the measurement, administrative and stability periods, providing employers with valuable data reporting. To find out more about Worxtime, please visit worxtime.com.
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1 The 2016 Aflac WorkForces Report, conducted between Jan. 11 and Feb. 11, 2016 by Lightspeed/GMI on behalf of Aflac, accessed June 6, 2016 - http://workforces.aflac.com.
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