What are the business/employer mandates?

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 3:04 PM

Panelists:

  • Patrick Connor, NFIB
  • Susan Jonson, HHS

Questions:

  • What are the changes?
  • What do businesses have to do or not have to do for their employees?
  • Is there government help for small business owners who want to provide insurance?
  • What is politically feasible?
  • Without company family coverage, will people in the same house have different plans and doctors?

At the beginning of July the U.S. Department of Treasury gave some businesses a health care reform reprieve and delayed the so-called employer mandate for one year.

That meant employers with 50 or more employees do not have to offer health care benefits to their full-time employees or face a fine -- at least for another year.

Patrick Connor with the National Federation of Independent Businesses sgguested that the law was just too complicated for many businesses.

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