View From McDermott: Employer Pay-or-Play Mandates Under Health-Care Reform

By on January 14, 2014

Open enrollment is well underway for individuals and small employers under the state and federally facilitated marketplace exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.

As exchange coverage becomes available, many employers are in the process of evaluating whether, or at what level, to continue to offer health insurance benefits to their employees.  Some employers are staying the course and offering robust medical plan choices to their employees.  Others are turning to private health exchanges for solutions and still others are deciding that their employees may be better off obtaining subsidized coverage in the state or federally facilitated marketplace exchanges.

A large part of this decision turns on whether an employer will incur tax penalties for failure to offer adequate coverage to its employees and whether its employees will, in fact, be better off obtaining coverage elsewhere.

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*Reproduced with permission from Bloomberg BNA Pension & Benefits Daily.

Jacob Mattinson
Jacob M. Mattinson focuses his practice on employee benefits and matters related to 401(k), 403(b), pension, executive compensation, health care reform, and cafeteria and welfare plans. Jacob assists clients in drafting employee benefit plan documents and amendments. He represents clients in matters before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), US Department of Labor (DOL) and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation with respect to plain qualification issues. Read Jacob Mattinson's full bio.




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