NAHC’s Efforts to Postpone the Employer Mandate Results in More Progress
The Obama administration recently issued an IRS Final Rule that further delays parts of the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide health insurance for their workers. Employers that have fewer than 100 full-time workers will have one extra year - until 2016 - before the employer mandate takes effect. Companies that have fewer than 50 workers are already exempt from the requirement to cover their employees.
In response to the most recent delay to the Employer Mandate, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris commended the Obama Administration for "listening to the pleas of the American public - including the home care and hospice community - who very much want to see all American’s with access to health care."
Under the rule, employers of more than 100 full-time employees will need to cover 70 percent of their full-time employees in 2015 and 95 percent in 2016 or later or face a penalty. Obama administration officials said the change was a response to complaints about the law’s definition of a full-time worker as one who works 30 hours per week, rather than the conventional definition of a 40-hour work week.