The marketplace helps to level the playing field for businesses that may have been overcharged in the past.
Employers of all sizes can still shop outside the marketplace as long as they choose a plan that provides the minimum coverage offered on the marketplace (roughly a 60% actuarial value, and in compliance with the ACA).
To avoid the employer mandate, some employers who have to comply with the mandate are moving employees to a work week of about 27 hours a week.
The law originally lowered part-time status to 30 hours a week for health benefits to get more employers to comply.
If a small business has 25 or fewer full-time employees with less than ,000 per employee in average annual wages, they can apply for tax breaks of up to 50% (35% for non-profits) of their contribution to their employees’ premiums. Businesses must pay for at least 50 percent of their employees’ premiums and their worker’s average annual wages can’t be more than ,000 to qualify.
• Insurance must be purchased on the Affordable Insurance Exchange for at least two year to qualify for tax credits.
For example, if an employee worked 49 weeks, took two weeks of vacation with pay, and took one week of leave without pay, the employee must be credited with 2,040 hours of service (51 weeks x 40 hours per week).
More than half of all Americans have health coverage through an employer, including nearly two-thirds of the adult workers who are too young to qualify for Medicare.
One thing that seems to get ignored when discussing the employer mandate is the fact that employers with under 50 full-time equivalent employees almost universally benefit from Obama Care.
Seasonal employees, contractors, volunteers, educational employees, services provided by student work-study programs, adjunct faculty, and business owners either don’t count toward the total or count toward the total differently.
For those who do count toward the total, employers should use a reasonable method of crediting hours of service that is consistent with section 4980H of the IRS tax code.
Employers with fewer than 100 full-time workers (or 50 in some States) will be able to use a SHOP exchange to compare and purchase group plans for their employees.