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White House Extends Employer Mandate Deadline

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 3, 2013

Employers have an additional year—until Jan. 1, 2015—before reporting requirements mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go into effect. The unexpected policy decision comes in response to employer concerns about the complexity of data reporting requirements.

In a surprising announcement Tuesday afternoon the Obama administration said it would delay until Jan. 1 2015 a key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires mid-sized and large employers to provide health insurance for their workers or pay a fine.

Mark J. Mazur, assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said on a blog posting that the decision to roll back the implementation date for businesses with 50 or more employees was made after "several months" of negotiations with businesses.

"We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively," Mazur said in the blog. "We recognize that the vast majority of businesses that will need to do this reporting already provide health insurance to their workers, and we want to make sure it is easy for others to do so. We have listened to your feedback. And we are taking action."

"The Administration is announcing that it will provide an additional year before the ACA mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements begin. This is designed to meet two goals. First, it will allow us to consider ways to simplify the new reporting requirements consistent with the law. Second, it will provide time to adapt health coverage and reporting systems while employers are moving toward making health coverage affordable and accessible for their employees. "

 

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2 comments on "White House Extends Employer Mandate Deadline"


John Jaffe MD (7/9/2013 at 5:52 PM)
Looks like the Administration is finally coming to terms with what a disaster Obamacare is and how much opposition there is to its implementation[INVALID]for very good reasons. Also the ever-expanding list of scandals oozing out of this White House, from Benghazi to IRS to AP phone monitoring, is further weakening an Administration already foundering in public opinion, thereby reducing any "moral suasion" that a President might otherwise have in trying to introduce unpopular mandates. The best that 1 can hope for with this ill-conceived monstrosity of a law that few understand and even fewer who understand it support, is that it will die a natural death and be replaced by a more limited and practicable healthcare reform alternative.

Robanai Disque (7/8/2013 at 8:56 PM)
This article just made me shake my head side to side thinking really. I don't know where the author of this article resides but where I do most people working for between $8.00-$15.00 an hour are only putting in 30 or below hours a week and are considered occasional part time but are expected to work as many hours as the boss says and when they get to a certain point were their accumulative hours in a years time starts getting close to a full time position they lay the person off so they don't have to pay benefits and they are treated like slaves. We wonder why the present young generation has no work ethic because we don't treat any of the present workers with respect. And while there is this delay who do you think is paying for those uninsured-those of us who are lucky enough to work 40 hours a week and have insurance. Our taxes pay for that and a good share of us have co-pays, large deductable because guess why our insurance premiums went up or we pay for our dependents. Why didn't the author take time to find out how many people work less than 30 hours already and or work more than one job with no benefits to make ends meet and have been doing it long before any discussion about all Americans deserve to have health care. Americans I said- those that aren't U.S. citizens already get health care which we often pay for. Sor for heaven sake get it over with and just go to socialized medicine we are already there we just don't want to admit.