White House Extends Employer Mandate Deadline

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , July 3, 2013

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.

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2 comments on "White House Extends Employer Mandate Deadline"

John Jaffe MD (7/9/2013 at 5:52 PM)
Looks like the Administration is finally coming to terms with what a disaster Obamacare is and how much opposition there is to its implementation[INVALID]for very good reasons. Also the ever-expanding list of scandals oozing out of this White House, from Benghazi to IRS to AP phone monitoring, is further weakening an Administration already foundering in public opinion, thereby reducing any "moral suasion" that a President might otherwise have in trying to introduce unpopular mandates. The best that 1 can hope for with this ill-conceived monstrosity of a law that few understand and even fewer who understand it support, is that it will die a natural death and be replaced by a more limited and practicable healthcare reform alternative.

Robanai Disque (7/8/2013 at 8:56 PM)
This article just made me shake my head side to side thinking really. I don't know where the author of this article resides but where I do most people working for between $8.00-$15.00 an hour are only putting in 30 or below hours a week and are considered occasional part time but are expected to work as many hours as the boss says and when they get to a certain point were their accumulative hours in a years time starts getting close to a full time position they lay the person off so they don't have to pay benefits and they are treated like slaves. We wonder why the present young generation has no work ethic because we don't treat any of the present workers with respect. And while there is this delay who do you think is paying for those uninsured-those of us who are lucky enough to work 40 hours a week and have insurance. Our taxes pay for that and a good share of us have co-pays, large deductable because guess why our insurance premiums went up or we pay for our dependents. Why didn't the author take time to find out how many people work less than 30 hours already and or work more than one job with no benefits to make ends meet and have been doing it long before any discussion about all Americans deserve to have health care. Americans I said- those that aren't U.S. citizens already get health care which we often pay for. Sor for heaven sake get it over with and just go to socialized medicine we are already there we just don't want to admit.




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