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ACA (Health Care Reform)

Why Employers Care

On March 23rd, 2010 President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) which will extend health care insurance coverage to an additional 25 million Americans. In addition, the President signed the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation on March 30th, 2010 which made minor modifications to the Affordable Care Act. The laws also contain many provisions that will impact employers and employer plans. While the laws mainly expand access to health insurance coverage, it remains to be seen whether they will reduce costs and improve quality. The government has and will continue to issue numerous regulations implementing various provisions.

Congress and the President have made some changes to employer provisions included in the Affordable Care Act. The most significant change was repealing the employee free choice voucher. For the most up to date information on Affordable Care Act, the Business Group suggests visiting our Health Reform (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) Implementation and Communications Toolkit. The toolkit contains slides for communicating with senior executives and your HR department, key details that your employees and retirees will need to know, regularly updated frequently asked questions, charts with state decisions on Medicaid expansion and the health insurance exchanges, public policy alerts with key details of the health care law broken down into specific categories, a detailed chart of the final health reform law provisions and a chart tracking Medicare and Medicaid health care payment, quality and delivery reforms.

What Can Employers Do?

As members of the National Business Group on Health, employers can contact the Business Group's public policy team with concerns and to receive more information on health care reform.

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Page last updated: December 11, 2014

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