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Delay of Game: What the Changes in Obamacare Implementation Mean to Employers

Published:  July 30, 2013

Not surprisingly, given the number of transitional and safe harbors included in the interpretive regulations related to the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ‘Obamacare,’ the most recent change is that involving the implementation of the ‘play-or-pay’ provisions applicable to large employers, which were to have taken effect Jan. 1, 2014.

The change provides for a one-year delay in the implementation of the employer-shared responsibility (ESR) provisions of the law.

Why the Delay?

According to White House business liaison Valerie Jarrett, “business owners expressed concerns about the complexity of the law’s reporting requirements,” and “businesses needed more time to get things right.” Apparently, the administration took heed of the many and varied concerns expressed by employers subject to the play-or-pay provisions and will use the one-year delay period to revamp and simplify the reporting process, and will convene employers, insurers, and experts to propose a smarter system, which, hopefully, will result in a more streamlined, workable system for large employers.

Click here to read the full article published by BusinessWest.

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