This afternoon, the White House announced that it would give employers with between 50 and 99 employees another year to provide health insurance to their workers. This would make them exempt until January 1, 2016.
From the article in the Washington Post, written by reporters Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein:
Firms with at least 100 employees will have to start offering this coverage in 2015.
By offering an unexpected grace period to businesses with between 50 and 99 employees, administration officials are hoping to defuse another potential controversy involving the 2010 health-care law, which has become central to Republicans’ campaign to make political gains in this year’s midterm election.
Even the nation’s largest employers got a significant concession: They can avoid a fine [ $2,000 per worker ] by offering coverage to 70 percent of their full-time employees in 2015 and 95 percent starting in 2016. Under an earlier proposal, employers with at least 50 employees would have been required to offer insurance, beginning 2015, to 95 percent of those who work 30 hours or more a week, along with their dependents.
No reliance on Congress for legislative support, of course, because the President has a pen with which to sign an executive order. If your blood pressure will take it, the full article is HERE.