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Monday, 20 November 2017
IRS begins enforcing employer mandate to provide coverage
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While President Trump continues to try and unwind parts of the Affordable Care Act, the IRS is starting to chase down companies failing to offer affordable coverage to their employees. Beginning with companies over 100 employees the IRS is asking for proof these companies are providing qualified and affordable insurance or they will be forced to pay up. 

The IRS has had multiple problems enforcing the mandate due to lack of funding and computer problems. In the tests they have run, most reports are inaccurate and are expected to create much back and forth discussion with companies who are in full compliance of the ACA rules. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates 8% of small employers (50 - 100 employees) are not in compliance. This first wave of enforcement and letters is targeting companies with more than 100 employees. 

As a group insurance consultant, one of the biggest challenges we see is the 30 hour mandate for full time eligibility and the fact that "affordable" premiums are based on a 30 hour workweek. This is one rule we hope the current administration will correct. There are many problems but this seems an easy fix thought it will open up millions of additional part-time employees to Obamacare subsidies. 

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Posted on 11/20/2017 8:18 AM by David Moore