The Obama administration today announced a one year delay of the employer mandate requiring large employers to offer qualified health benefits coverage in 2014. The effective date of the mandate will be pushed back to 2015 and additional regulatory guidance will be forthcoming later this week.
Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur, confirmed the year long reprieve of the employer mandate as well as mandatory reporting requirements imposed by Obamacare. The reasons for the delay:
- Allowing the government to consider ways to simplify the new reporting requirements; and
- Providing time to adapt health coverage and reporting systems while employers move toward making health coverage affordable and accessible for their employees;
The employer mandate delay does not appear to impact the individual mandate and does not prevent employees (or individuals) from accessing premium tax credits (subsidies) for coverage at a health insurance exchange nor delay any other provision of the health care reform law.
Western Growers believes that a delay in the enforcement of the employer mandate should also include an extension of the waivers we have helped many WG members obtain. These waivers allow employers to continue offering affordable plans with annual caps. Employers who want to continue offering these affordable plans should be able to do so while the employer mandate is delayed in order to prevent loss of coverage, and Western Growers will press the Administration and Congress for this relief. Look for more information in Spotlight as additional details are made public.
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