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MA Data Supports Retailers Fighting Enrollment Mandate

Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, May 15, 2013

Along with the National Restaurant Association and the Food Marketing Institute, RILA sent a letter to North Carolina Republicans Robert Pittenger and Richard Hudson last week supporting their U.S. House bill to repeal the automatic enrollment mandate in PPACA. Both Pittenger and Hudson are freshmen members of Congress, without much power. But the bill may gain traction because the GOP is eager to dial back the PPACA, especially if many of country's largest employers are on board.

On behalf of its members, the trio wrote:

"We are concerned that automatic enrollment may create additional confusion for our employees in an already complex benefit area, and could result in unnecessary hardship if they find themselves automatically enrolled in a plan in which they do not wish to participate." 

The letter was signed by 88 state and national business associations as well other retailers.

Under the PPACA, companies with more than 200 employees must automatically enroll their workers into health plans, unless an employee opts out of coverage. Employers with 50 or more workers will pay a $2,000—$3,000 penalty per employee for not offering health insurance coverage.

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