With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate less than 16 months away, companies' concerns about the provision in the law haven't abated, as a representative of major U.S. businesses and trade groups Tuesday called on Congress to tackle "many outstanding issues."
Testifying at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on behalf of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care Coalition, American Staffing Association senior counsel Edward Lenz said the E-FLEX Coalition has made some progress with Obama administration on the health care reform law. But he said the coalition has persisting worries about the statute's employer and employee definitions, automatic health plan enrollment requirement, and reporting obligations, among other matters. The employer mandate, which is slated to take effect in January 2015, directs businesses with at least 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalent workers, to give reasonably priced health insurance to them or risk fines.
Established in 2011, the E-FLEX Coalition has members that include the Retail Industry Leaders Association and National Restaurant Association, as well as the United Parcel Service of America Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.