Starting this week, employers with a self-funded health benefit plan administered by Starmark will receive a letter via mail if Social Security numbers (SSNs) for any employee dependents are missing. This will help with the employer’s 2019 Affordable Care Act 6055/6056 reporting requirements by letting them know if we are missing SSNs for any covered dependents. The broker of record will receive a copy of the letter sent to their group(s).
If employees have covered dependents in 2018 with missing SSNs or add a dependent later with a missing SSN, employers can log in to the Starmark website and update the information under Manage My Group > Dependent SSN Update. The initiative by an employer to obtain and update all missing information will help ensure that the January 2019 report available in the Document Center will be as complete as possible.
Employers are responsible for collecting pertinent information and filing the appropriate documents with the IRS for all employees. Employers should consult a professional benefit adviser or legal counsel regarding how the law may impact their business and specific self-funded health benefit plan.