Urban Institute Suggests Eliminating the Employer Mandate
The Urban Institute, a prominent liberal think tank, recently released a research paper suggesting that the Employer Mandate provisions in the Affordable Care Act should be eliminated. The study estimates that some 251.1 million people would have employer-sponsored insurance if the requirement is fully implemented in 2016 while 250.9 million would have it that year if it was dropped: a difference of 200,000 people.
Since 2011, NAHC has advocated for reforms that would eliminate or mitigate the impact of the employer mandate on home care. Potential remedies include an exemption of home care employers, a modification of the definition of "full-time employee," and additional funding to pay for the cost of health insurance or the employer penalty.
Companies such as Land’s End, Regal Entertainment, Wendy’s and SeaWorld recently announced they would be reducing hours for part time workers to fewer than 30 per week, the point above which they must provide coverage, the researchers said. NAHC has long warned that many home health care agencies would also be forced to cut staff hours to under thirty hours a week to comply with the Employer Mandate.
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