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Last updated on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 9:09 am

Tom Hayes

Big Impact for Small Employers

Much of the national media spotlight this fall was focused on policyholders receiving termination letters from insurers due to the Affordable Care Act, but little attention was given to the impact this law will have on small employers in 2014. That’s because many businesses dodged the bullet for at least one more year by renewing in December to avoid being forced into one of the metallic plan “buckets” which, depending on a group’s demographic mix, could have a positive or negative impact on future premiums. Other small employers avoided the new mandates altogether by virtue of their plans being “grandfathered,” which means minimal changes have been made to the actual benefits or employee cost share since the law was enacted in 2010. Under the health care... [ MORE ]

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