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Health reform mandates could lead to hiring younger, older workers

Wayne Pettigrew, senior consultant with Group & Pension Planners Inc., discusses possible unintended hiring consequences of health care reform mandates.
by Paula Burkes Published: March 29, 2013
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Senior consultant with Group & Pension Planners Inc.
Wayne Pettigrew Senior consultant with Group & Pension Planners Inc.

Q: Will the individual mandate under the ACA force those without coverage to enroll in health care plans?

A: The law provides for a new tax beginning in 2014 for those without minimum essential coverage called a “shared responsibility payment.” This new tax is the greater of $95 or 1 percent of income in 2014, $325 or 2 percent of income in 2015 and $695 or 2.5 percent of income in 2016. However, the ACA also provides exemptions to this mandate for those who are below the income tax filing threshold, those who would have to pay more than 8 percent of household income for coverage or those ineligible for Medicaid because their state did not expand Medicaid. Many believe that without the hammer of the individual mandate many of these individuals who comprise much of the state's uninsured population will not obtain coverage.


by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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