The popularity of small business exchanges is off to a slow start--only two percent of all eligible businesses have explored small business health options program (SHOP) exchanges in the 15 states, plus the District of Columbia, where they're offered under the Affordable Care Act, reports Insurance News Net.
Despite a more-than rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and increasing claims that the employer-mandate is growing more unpopular, the healthcare reform law has potentially strengthened the appeal of such a provision.
The new health law provision that will automatically enroll individuals in a plan unless they opt out is proving to be controversial. Many businesses say the "default option" could cause confusion among employees who suddenly find themselves in a plan they didn't sign up for and might not want, reports Kaiser Health News.
As healthcare costs continue to rise, hospitals and other healthcare organizations--which historically provide more generous employee benefits than in other industries--are scrutinizing the health insurance they offer their own employees, according to a new survey.
About 4.6 million people in 34 states could lose their premium subsidies if an appeals court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell, which states that subsidies are illegal on federal exchanges, stands. What's more, there are roughly 9.5 million uninsured Americans who are eligible for subsidies in states with federal marketplaces, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
House Republicans plan to sue President Barack Obama over the administration's willingness to delay penalties associated with the employer mandate, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate is complicated and problematic, prompting calls for its repeal and replacement.
Companies won't likely move away from employer-based coverage to instead offer stipends for their employees to buy plans through health insurance exchanges, reported the New York Times.
Several restaurants in Florida and Los Angeles have tacked on healthcare reform surcharges to customer bills to help pay for complying with the looming employer mandate, the Orange County Register reported.
Newly introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would delay the individual mandate until 2016, essentially postponing the individual mandate until its employer counterpart takes effect.