Cheat Sheet: What employers need to know about the Affordable Care Act

Health care reforms, slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, will bring a host of new responsibilities for businesses

President Obama’s Election Day victory ends, or at least postpones, Republican promises to overhaul or repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a hallmark piece of legislation from the president’s first term. This means that, starting on Jan. 1, 2014, employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees must either provide health care coverage for their workers or pay a penalty.

Does the size of a business matter?

The PPACA applies to all companies with more than 50-full time employees. Employers can choose not to provide coverage, but will pay $2,000 for every worker they do not insure, excluding the first 30 employees.

How are part-time and full-time workers affected?

Are there hidden costs?

Ideally, the health care reforms will reduce health care costs by providing affordable preventative care and putting new regulations on health care providers. But the future of health care costs remains murky, and if they continue to rise after 2014, employers may be more likely to drop coverage.

What role will state-run health care exchanges play?

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