Why the ACA Made Employer Mandates
|It might not be why you think…|
We’ve spoken in-depth before about the employer mandates that were put forth by the Affordable Care Act. But just to give you a refresher, these mandates basically say:
- 1. That applicable large employers (ALEs) with 50 or more full-time employees must offer those employees health insurance or pay a per-employee fine,
- 2. That the health care coverage offered must meet minimum essential coverage (MEC) at a set minimum value,
- 3. That the coverage must be offered to full-time equivalent employees as well as actual full-time employees, and
- 4. That the coverage must cover the employee’s dependent(s) up to age 26, if applicable.
But one of the big things a lot of employers are wondering when it comes to these mandates is: why? Why should employers have to take on new expenses and potentially change their whole benefits plan(s) because the ACA says so?
Well, one “why” is because you’ll have to pay some pretty big fines if you don’t.
Another bigger, main-er reason why is because the whole point of enacting the Affordable Care Act was to ensure all taxpayers in the US have access to affordable health care coverage. Since most employers already provide some health benefits to their employees, making it so that the coverage they offer meets certain requirements seemed like a logical step.
Since the writers of the Affordable Care Act saw where this could be financially hurtful to the employers, they included safe harbor relief options, which make the transition into these new changes easier for employers.
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