The Affordable Care Act has led to many changes with small business owners and the employee benefits they need to provide. Many of the mandates were postponed last year, so there is a lot of confusion. We are here to help!
The Orginal Mandate
Starting January 2015 the Affordable Care Act will require that employers with 50 or more full-time and/or full-time equivalent employees must offer health plan coverage for their employees and the employee’s dependents.
The Adjustments made by the Employer Mandate Final Rule
The Employer Mandate Final Rule delays and adjusts this mandate as follows:
Businesses with 50-99 employees
The Final Rule granted additional transitional relief to employers with 50-99 full-time employees until 2016. These employers will have to certify that they are not reducing the size of their workforce to fall under the 99-employee threshold and are subject to certain maintenance of coverage requirements.
Businesses with 100+ employees
Employers with 100 or more employees subject to the mandate in 2015 will satisfy the requirement to offer minimum essential coverage if at least 70% of their eligible employees are offered coverage (rather than 95% as in the original rule). Employers must offer coverage to 95% of eligible employees beginning in 2016.
Businesses with less than 50 employees
This rule change does not affect businesses with fewer than 50 employees because the Affordable Care Act does not require these employers to provide coverage to employees.
Tax Reporting by Applicable Large Employers
Beginning in 2016, applicable employers that employed an average of 50 or more full-time and/or full-time equivalent employees during the preceding calendar year, must file a return with the IRS that reports the terms and conditions of the health care coverage provided to the employer’s full-time employees for the calendar year.
Partner Agency Insurance Services, Inc. can provide you with professional expertise in understanding your health care options, guidance in application and eligibility process, plus offer you affordable health care coverage through Covered California or directly with medical insurance carriers for Individuals and Families or Employer Group coverage for groups of any size.
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