Tricounty News

Sept. 20 Update

Updates on Affordable Care Act (ACA)

You may have recently read that parts of the Affordable Care Act have been delayed until 
Jan. 1, 2015. I’d like to share some of the details and clarify what parts of ACA have actually been postponed.

The IRS delayed certain provisions of the ACA back in July of 2013. The announcement to delay the employer mandated health-care or pay penalties came from the U.S. Department of Treasury. Three specific ACA requirements that were delayed until 2015 are listed below.

• Pay or Play Penalties – The mandate that employers must offer coverage to employees who work on average 30+ hours per week or be subject to a penalty.

• Affordability Penalties – The requirement that employers provide affordable single coverage for employees, as well as the employer mandate that the employee’s share of the premium must not exceed 9.5 percent of the employee’s
household income or face penalties.

• Minimum Value Penalties – Employers will not be required to provide minimum value coverage to avoid penalty. But, the employers must report whether the plan provides minimum value on the Summary Benefit Coverage (SBC).

Please visit, for more information, including an online application for health insurance coverage and contact information for a Health Insurance Marketplace in the area.


One of my greatest pleasures of serving as the Superintendent of the Eden Valley-Watkins School District is the opportunities to visit with students, staff, community members, and administrative colleagues. I’m frequently informed of the wonderful things that occur in our school district and around the region on a daily basis.

As I reflect on recent conversations and observations, it is clear that collaboration and partnerships are vital to our success in working on behalf of all the EV-W students. As we progress into the 2013-14 school year, be sure that we are all working together to maximize our partnerships and provide our youth with opportunities.

Senior of the Week

The EV-W School District would like to recognize Brittany Hesse, daughter of Jeffrey and Connie. Brittany demonstrates student leadership and vision as she currently serves as the co-president of EV-W Student Council. She has been a positive student role-model in and outside of the traditional classroom setting. Staff and students commend Brittany on her optimistic demeanor and heightened levels of respect. Congratulations!