Healthcare Reform Next Steps

With Supreme Court ruling out of the way, companies can focus on preparing for coming changes.

The Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of U.S. healthcare reform removes much uncertainty and clears the way for employers to prepare for various requirements of the law that take effect next year and in 2014.

Some uncertainty still exists. In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, Mitt Romney and Republican congressional leaders promised to overturn healthcare reform, making it clear the law will be a major issue in the November elections.

“For 2014 provisions and any effective beyond that, we have no guidance at all,” says the American Benefit Council’s Dennett, pictured at right. “We have some pre-regulatory guidance in the form of bulletins that provide a range of possible options that the agencies have asked for comments on, but nothing that’s moved to the rulemaking stage.”

For example, under PPACA, companies must provide coverage that meets certain requirements to full-time employees. “One key issue is how employers count their full-time employees,” Dennett says.

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