White House Delays Employer Mandate, via Blog Post
Posted on Jul. 3, 2013

In a move celebrated by some and booed by others, the Obama Administration announced that the Employer Mandate and its reporting requirements will be delayed for a year. The new start date is January 1, 2015. Perhaps most odd, this was announced via staff blog posts on the White House and Treasury websites.

For those dizzied by the health reform landscape, the Employer Mandate requires employers with more than 50 fulltime employees to provide health insurance that meets certain standards to their employees or face penalties.

Cynics note this new deadline is after midterm elections.

A recap of what is still coming soon:

The Small Business  (SHOP) marketplaces (exchange) will still open October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014. The individual exchanges will also open on that same time frame. Businesses with 50 or less employees will be able to obtain insurance for their employees through SHOP, but are not required to do so. Businesses with more than 50 employees have an extra year before having to provide coverage (delayed to January 1, 2015). Premium tax credits for employees will still be available during 2014. Individuals required to buy insurance under the ACA still must do so starting January 1, 2014.

To see the White House blog: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/07/02/we-re-listening-businesses-about-health-care-law

The corresponding Treasury Department blog: http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/Continuing-to-Implement-the-ACA-in-a-Careful-Thoughtful-Manner-.aspx

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