Obama Administration Further Delays Employer Mandate for Certain Employers – Clarifies Use of Volunteers

health_care_reform_imageThe 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.

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.

HCAF has long endorsed changing the definition of “full-time worker” from 30 hours a week to 40 hours.  HCAF has worked with the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) to acheive this goal. Legislation to change that definition is pending in both the House and Senate.

HCAF and NAHC’s leadership led efforts to educate lawmakers on the consequences that the Employer Mandate would have on access to home health and hospice services, which helped to lead to an earlier decision in July to delay enforcement of the Employer Mandate and influenced the additional delay set out in this latest rule.

Analysis by NAHC staff found that the following changes will apply under the new ruling:

Read more in the Member’s Only section of HCAF’s website

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