Employers: Carry On with ACA Compliance Efforts, Despite Bill to Replace ACA

As predicted, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") has been at the forefront for the first few weeks of the 114th Congress.

On Jan. 6, 2015, the House unanimously passed the Hire More Heroes Act, which exempts veterans from classification as eligible employees under the employer mandate of the ACA. On Feb. 3, 2015, Congress voted in favor of repealing the ACA for the 56th time, and two days later, Republican leaders unveiled a replacement bill to the ACA, called The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment ("CARE"). This legislation, introduced by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich), would eliminate the employer and individual mandates under the ACA, provide a refundable tax credit to certain individuals to purchase private health care coverage of their choice, and use a different formula to calculate the tax break for employer-sponsored health coverage, among other things.

Despite this activity, employers should not count on a repeal of the ACA and instead continue their compliance efforts. Even if changes in the law eventually come about, the impact on the rules and regulations would not be immediate. In the meantime, it's important for employers to carry on with compliance as the rule and regulations are currently drafted.

PLDO will be monitoring this issue and keeping our clients up to date on potential changes to the ACA. If you have questions about these new bills or the ACA, please call Attorney Jillian Jagling at 401.824.5100 or email [email protected]. We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Our Firm And Schedule A Consultation

Work with our experienced team of lawyers. Call 866-353-3310 or email us today to schedule a consultation.

View Office Locations

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

Email Us For A Response

Rhode Island
Northwoods Office Park
1301 Atwood Ave.
Suite 215 N
Johnston, RI 02919

Toll Free: 866-353-3310
Phone: 401-824-5100
Fax: 401-824-5123
Map & Directions

One International Place
Suite 1400
Boston, MA 02110

Toll Free: 866-353-3310
Fax: 866-353-5020
Map & Directions

Boca Raton Office
Peninsula Plaza
2424 North Federal Highway
Suite 204
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: 561-362-2030
Fax: 866-353-5020
Map & Directions

901 Main Street
Suite O
Osterville, MA 02655

Phone: 508-420-7159
Fax: 508-420-7162
Map & Directions

GPS Directions to this office: 555 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908