On March 6, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives Republicans' American Health Care Act, the House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce issued proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The committees will mark up their bills on Wednesday, March 8 and then send the proposals to the Budget Committee.
See our letter of support
Further information about the proposals can be found here:
ASA and its member companies are proud to be able to support their employee’s medical needs including sponsoring health insurance. While challenging and increasingly costly, ASA members recognize the duty they hold to provide for their most valuable and irreplaceable asset, their employees. ASA opposed the Affordable Care Act and is working to roll back a number of harmful provisions that do little to reduce costs, increase access or save lives, such as:
- Employer Mandate - DELAYED
- Health Insurance Tax
- Essential Benefits Requirements
- Auto-enrollment Requirements
- Limiting Association Health Plans
In 2013, one of the biggest unknowns is what employers will be required to provide, in what's known as "essential benefits". Employers will have a number of decisions to make between now and 2014. Most importantly whether to continue offering a health plan, or not and pay a penalty of $2,000 per employee. Those that do continue offering a plan, must offer one which is deemed "affordable" meaning the employee's cost of coverage (self-only coverage) must not exceed 9.5% of family income. Additionally, the plan's coverage must also be of "minimum value", in that the plan's share of allowed benefit cost must be more than 60%.
In other words, it has to be affordable, yet also be a substantial plan that covers an employee's needs, as will be defined by the regulations outlining essential benefits.
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