Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, said the insurance lobby "appreciates that the administration is being responsive to the concerns employers and insurers have raised about the workability of the reporting requirements related to employer healthcare coverage."
In a separate blog posting Tuesday afternoon, Valerie B. Jarrett, a senior White House advisor, said the administration would also cut red tape and simplify reporting processes for employers. "We have heard the concern that the reporting called for under the law about each worker's access to and enrollment in health insurance requires new data collection systems and coordination," Jarrett wrote.
"So we plan to re-vamp and simplify the reporting process. Some of this detailed reporting may be unnecessary for businesses that more than meet the minimum standards in the law. We will convene employers, insurers, and experts to propose a smarter system and, in the interim, suspend reporting for 2014."
Brian Haile, senior vice president for healthcare policy at Jackson Hewitt tax consultants said the delay should alleviate concerns raised by employers, particularly those with significant seasonal and part-time worker
"The federal approach acknowledges the challenges with implementing a policy that will affect so many employers—and strikes the right balance between speedy implementation and thoughtful policymaking," Haile said.