Boston, July 24, 2013 — Effective immediately Massachusetts employers are no longer required to collect and retain signed employee Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) forms. This comes as a huge relief to many employers who found this practice administratively burdensome.
Since the enactment of Massachusetts Health Care Reform, employers with 11 or more full-time employees have been required to provide this form to employees who decline either employer-sponsored health insurance or the opportunity to purchase health insurance on a pre-tax basis through the employer’s section 125 plan. At AIM’s request, the Governor and legislature have made the employee HIRD form a thing of the past.
Massachusetts employers should make note of the following changes: