House Passes Health Care Overhaul Repealing Employer Mandate

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On Thursday, May 4, the House of Representatives passed HR 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017 by a vote of 217 to 213. This measure eliminates several of the unpopular tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including the individual mandate penalties to have insurance and the employer mandate.

Relevant to clubs specifically, the AHCA repealed the employer mandate which requires qualifying large employers to provide affordable health insurance to all employees.

(Sec. 206) This section repeals the penalties for certain large employers who do not offer full-time employees and their dependents minimum essential health coverage under an employer-sponsored health plan (commonly referred to as the employer mandate). The repeal is effective for months beginning after December 31, 2015.

The US Senate has already indicated that it will undertake consideration of its own effort to repeal and replace the ACA. In a statement, Senate Health Committee Chairman Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) indicated that the committee plans to take its time on the effort. If and when this measure is passed, reconciliation between the House and the Senate would need to occur. It is likely there will be significant differences between the two measures.

Stay tuned! 

Posted by Will Flourance at 05/11/2017 10:43:29 AM |