U.S. Pushes Businesses' Health Insurance Deadline To 2015 | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

U.S. Pushes Businesses' Health Insurance Deadline To 2015

U.S. businesses that had been looking at possible penalties if they don't provide health insurance to their employees by January are getting an extra year before they must comply with the new law, the White House says. The requirement, part of the health care overhaul known as "Obamacare," affects all companies that have at least 50 employees.

The Obama administration announced the change Tuesday, citing "ongoing discussions with businesses" about the new health insurance requirements in the Affordable Care Act.

A post on the White House blog explains that the delay will be accompanied by an effort to simplify the process of reporting data about each worker's health insurance status.

"As we make these changes, we believe we need to give employers more time to comply with the new rules," senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett wrote this afternoon. "Since employer responsibility payments can only be assessed based on this new reporting, payments won't be collected for 2014."

In the meantime, employers, insurers and others will be strongly encouraged to start reporting the data voluntarily, Mark J. Mazur writes on the Treasury department's blog. He notes that the government expects to publish rules about what information must be reported, and how, this summer.

"Real-world testing of reporting systems in 2014 will contribute to a smoother transition to full implementation in 2015," Mazur writes.

As Bloomberg reports, the delay pushes a contentious part of the new health care law until after next year's midterm elections.

The news agency adds that the change was deemed "an unexpected but extraordinarily wise decision" by National Retail Federation vice president Neil Trautwein.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Mega-Rich Invest In Works By Living Artists

Renee Montagne talks to art sociologist and writer Sarah Thornton about how the habits of the 1 percent reverberate across the art world. She is the author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts.
NPR

Nigella Lawson Loves Leftovers And Knows How To Use Them

If you don't want to eat endless turkey sandwiches, there's plenty else you can make. David Greene talks to cookbook author Nigella Lawson about what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers.
NPR

Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.
NPR

Millennial Doctors May Be More Tech-Savvy, But Is That Better?

Text messages from your doctor are just the start. Millennials are the next generation of doctors and they're not afraid to say "chillax" in a consultation or check Twitter to find medical research.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.