The Employer Mandate Gets a One-Year Delay

ObamacareThe Obama administration announced that it will delay enforcing the employer mandate provision by one year, until 2015. Under the mandate, businesses with more than 50 employees must provide health insurance to workers or pay a penalty until 2015.

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama said, “In our ongoing discussions with businesses we have heard that you need the time to get this right. We have heard the concern that the reporting called for under the law about each worker’s access to and enrollment in health insurance requires new data collection systems and coordination. So we plan to re-vamp and simplify the reporting process. Some of this detailed reporting may be unnecessary for businesses that more than meet the minimum standards in the law. We will convene employers, insurers, and experts to propose a smarter system and, in the interim, suspend reporting for 2014.”

Neil Trautwein of The National Retail Federation said,” This one year delay will provide employers and businesses more time to update their health care coverage without threat of arbitrary punishment.”

The National Assn. of Health Underwriters (NAHU) says that it has had longstanding concerns that employers would have had a very short timeframe to comply with very new complex requirements and that they could be penalized for inadvertent violations. According to the NAHU statement, “As employer groups deal with questions on how this delay will affect their businesses, we encourage them to seek counsel from an experienced, licensed health insurance agent. These professionals can help employers prepare for the new 2015 deadline as well as assist in finding affordable plans that fit the needs of employees and their families.”

Last Updated 11/25/2020

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