Obamacare employer mandate pushed back a year to 2015
Jul 2, 2013, 3:38pm MST Updated: Jul 2, 2013, 4:22pm MST
The Obama Administration is giving businesses an extra year to comply with the employer mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
A blog on the U.S. Department of the Treasury website says the treasury department will publish formal guidance describing the transition.
“During this 2014 transition period, we strongly encourage employers to maintain or expand health coverage,” Mark J. Mazur, assistant secretary for tax policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said in his blog on the treasury department’s website. “Also, our actions today do not affect employees’ access to the premium tax credits available under the ACA (nor any other provision of the ACA).”
Henry GrosJean, a small business insurance broker in Phoenix, said the move could be politically motivated.
"You have to wonder if they are listening to business concerns or are “listening” for the mid-term election," he said.
John Balitis, director at the Fennemore Craig law firm in Phoenix, said there are practical and political reasons to delay implementing the mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
"From a practical standpoint, many businesses are finding it difficult to come to grips with the complexity of the act, and the administration may believe it's important to provide more regulatory guidance for reporting and compliance purposes to ease these frustrations," Balitis said. "From a political standpoint, the consequences to employers that do not now offer but will have to provide coverage under the Act may be a concern. The sense is that coverage options will be more costly than initially anticipated, and there may be a desire to avoid stories and statistics about layoffs due to the mandate in the run-up to mid-term elections."
Senior Reporter- Phoenix Business Journal