Employers Catch Some Unexpected Breaks On ACA Mandate

Law360, New York (January 24, 2013, 5:26 PM EST) -- The federal government’s outline of how it will enforce the health reform law’s mandate that large employers provide medical benefits contains unexpected revisions likely to make compliance easier, attorneys say, including a grace period, badly needed flexibility for parent corporations and a favorable method for measuring affordability.

One of the most well-received policies in rulemaking published earlier this month provides leeway to companies with non-calendar-year health plans, exempting them from the mandate’s coverage and affordability provisions until their plans come up for renewal, as opposed to...
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