After a summer spent getting an earful from vocal constituents advocating for and against comprehensive health care reform legislation, Congress is back in session, trying to muster support for—or stop—competing House and Senate versions of what President Obama now calls health insurance reform.
Many of the most controversial elements are gone. Many details will be firmed up in coming weeks—or not.
There’s no guarantee that Obama will have a bill to sign before the end of the year.
But if he does, it will almost certainly include three elements that will affect comp and benefits pros: requirements that everyone have health insurance, that most employers offer it to employees and that an alternative exists for individuals and employers that can’t afford health insurance.
If passed, these provisions would take effect no sooner than 2013.
Individual coverage mandate
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