Tuesday, September 29, 2015

U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Repeal a Piece of the ACA Earlier this Week

Dana Halvorson

According to a Sept. 28, 2015, article by Jon Reid from Morning Consult, “The House on Monday passed legislation to nix an upcoming Obamacare mandate requiring employers with 51 to 100 employees to shift the health coverage they offer to plans on the small-group market. Currently, the small-group market consists of businesses with up to 50 employees. But that is slated to change in 2016, when a new mandate will expand the market to include employers with 51 to 100 workers. Right now, these mid-size businesses can offer employer-based health insurance on the large-group market. Under the law, small-group market plans must cover a larger array of health services than large-group market plans and also have more discrimination protections. The idea is to protect small employers from extreme rate increases if one of their employees gets very sick. But many states are not ready for the transition that would require more employers to use the small-group market. As a result, Democrats and Republicans have called for an alteration of the law. The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act (PACE Act) — spearheaded by Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) — would let states choose whether to expand the small-group market to include businesses with up to 100 employees.”

The article goes on to note that, “The Senate is under a time crunch to pass the bill before the mandate takes effect in 2016. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but there is support in the Senate. A companion bill by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has the cosponsors of 34 Republicans and 11 Democrats.

The administration has remained silent on the measure. The Department of Health and Human Services did not respond to a request for comment on the bill.” You can read the full Morning Consult article here. More information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be found on the AHCA/NCAL ACA website.

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