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ACA: Employers, nondiscrimination rules and the Cadillac tax

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by Jonathan A. Clark, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia

For most employers, the substantive provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been implemented. But employers subject to the ACA’s employer mandate, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2015, have some complicated issues to sort out: How yet-to-be-settled nondiscrimination rules and the looming “Cadillac tax” will affect their benefits plans.

Exchanges and employees

Starting in 2014, in addition to plans that may be offered by an employer, all individuals will have the ­ability to shop for health care coverage through newly formed health insurance ex­­changes. The exchanges are designed to facilitate the purchase of health insurance. They offer government-regulated and standardized policies.

The economic viability of the ex­­changes depends on a critical mass of individuals receiving coverage through the exchanges. If the only people who enroll through the exchanges ...(register to read more)

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