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ACA employer mandate delayed yet again

More delays for business
More delays for business
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According to new regulations finalized by the Treasury Department, employers with between 50 and 99 employees won’t have to provide insurance coverage to their employees under the so-called mandate until 2016. Even the larger firms with over 100 employees would only need coverage for 70% of their full time workforce in 2015 and not until 2016 have to cover up to 95% of the full time employees as the mandate is phased in.

The mandate was originally supposed to take effect this year with the individual mandate, but has already once been delayed over the summer.

Furthermore, the coverage must include certain benefits that meet federal minimum value standards and cost no more than 9.5% of the employees income; the departments definition of affordable. The employer must also contribute at least 60% toward the cost of the employee plan.

The PPACA employer mandate, when it takes effect will require employers with 50 or more full time equivalent employees (Working 30 or more hours per week and excluding seasonal workers) to offer health insurance coverage to their employees or face fines of up to $2000. per uninsured full time equivalent employee.