Affordable Care Act

The Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool (TAC HEBP) is pleased to provide guidance for understanding the Affordable Care Act—commonly known as health care reform.

General Overview of ACA

Download this helpful presentation, given on April 20, 2016, giving a general overview of ACA forms, codes and employer responsibility.


Health Care Reform Guide for Employers

TAC HEBP’s employer guide is designed as a resource for individuals in counties who perform the administrative functions associated with the county’s provision of health care for its employees.

The guide is also a handy research tool for the commissioners court, auditors and treasurers. It's designed to give a general overview of the topics listed below. Additionally, hyperlinks throughout the document link to more in-depth information on each topic, including calculators and official websites.

The guide covers the major parts of the law, including:

  • Health insurance marketplaces (previously known as exchanges)
  • The employer mandate
  • The individual mandate
  • The excise tax, or “Cadillac tax”

ACA Reporting & Tracking Services (ARTS)

To assist with meeting the reporting requirements of health care reform, TAC HEBP began offering counties and districts help through the Pool’s ACA Reporting and Tracking Service (ARTS).

The ARTS program includes the following services:

  • Measurement, Administrative, and Stability Period tracking and notification of eligibility for part-time, variable and seasonal employees
  • Reporting for your county or district regarding the status of potential benefits-eligible employees
  • Upon request, production of a data file to produce your county or district’s 1094C and 1095C forms
  • Upon request, production of a data file to produce your county or district’s 1094B and 1095B forms (applies to self-insured groups only)

Reporting Requirements Webinars

New IRS Reporting Requirements

This webinar was held in December 2015 and January 2016.

Reporting Requirements, Part 2

This followup webinar, held by TAC in 2016, is approximately 42 minutes long. You will need to have a recent version of Flash Player installed in order to view it.

We do not give permission for this URL to be crossposted, forwarded or broadcast in any way.

If you have any questions regarding these recordings, please feel free to contact Lee Bell-Hovland at (800) 456-5974.

Individual Mandate Information for Employees

Health Care Reform Update Guide

Individual Mandate Information for Employees

We are including documents to help employees learn about their responsibility regarding the individual mandate. We stress that although we believe the information is accurate, it is not legal advice. The federal government continues to issue guidance frequently, which may affect some of the discussion contained in the guide. We strongly recommend that you contact your legal counsel for analysis of how the law affects your particular county.