Definition of Small Employer Under Affordable Care Act

On October 1, 2015, the Senate passed by voice vote the Protecting Coverage for Employees Act (H.R. 1624), which would amend the Affordable Care Act to revise the definition of small employer. The House approved the bill on September 28. H.R. 1624 would maintain the current definition of a small group health plan at 50 or fewer employees, amending a provision scheduled to take effect in 2016 that would include all companies with up to 100 employees in the definition of small group plans. The legislation would provide states the option of expanding small groups, although most states are expected to maintain the current definition. The White House has stated that President Obama will sign the bill into law.

H.R. 1624 is available here.

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