Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:15 AM
wpelb (338 posts)
Employers Must Offer Family Care, Affordable or Not
WASHINGTON — In a long-awaited interpretation of the new health care law, the Obama administration said Monday that employers must offer health insurance to employees and their children, but will not be subject to any penalties if family coverage is unaffordable to workers.
The rules offer no guarantee of affordable insurance for a worker’s children or spouse. To avoid a possible tax penalty, the government said, employers with 50 or more full-time employees must offer affordable coverage to those employees. But, it said, the meaning of “affordable” depends entirely on the cost of individual coverage for the employee, what the worker would pay for “self-only coverage.”
A "poison pill," if you'll pardon the expression, written into the Affordable Care Act?
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Employers Must Offer Family Care, Affordable or Not (Original post)
Response to JDPriestly (Reply #1)
Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:44 PM
Igel (24,030 posts)
2. Think it through.
If they can't afford much, it means that their kids probably get Medicaid or some other government health insurance.
Odds are that they're going to be single.
And if they do work, both partners will independently get coverage.
Unless the employees are moved to part-time status, which is what's happening in some service-sector companies. Or work for one of the 1000+ companies allowed to have mini-med plans until 2014.
The absolute number of those affected by this is likely to be large. Once you factor in other ways of getting insurance, the number's probably going to drop. Precipitously.
I'll hold my outrage until I know what the actual effects are.
Response to wpelb (Original post)
Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:34 PM
TexasBushwhacker (6,619 posts)
3. Affordable health insurance will probably be available through the state
through the SCHIP program like now or the higher limits for Medicaid. In any case, as a single person who never had children because I couldn't afford them, I've never understood why an employer should be obliged to pay for thousands of dollars worth of health insurance for an employee's family. If they are doing the same job as I am, they are being compensated more just for being married and/or having kids.