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Should We Have Expected This Week?s Big Surprise On Employer Health Insurance?

Urban Institute researchers Sharon Long and Karen Stockley found that more workers reported having an offer of employer insurance and taking up that insurance. Of course, Obamacare's employer mandate has been delayed twice , so its true impact hasn't been felt. And the ACA and Massachusetts penalties are structured differently. The Massachusetts employer mandate required businesses with at least 11 employees to provide coverage or pay a fine of up to via this link $295 per employee. The penalty threshold is higher for the ACA employer mandate, which requires employers with 50 workers or more to provide coverage or face a $2,000 to $3,000 fine for each worker. Still, the health-care law's individual mandate is scheduled to take effect this year, and that may provide some context for the Rand findings. "The experience in Massachusetts also suggests that finding a job with health benefits may become more important under the ACAs individual mandate," PwC researchers wrote. Long, of the Urban Institute, pointed out that there's still low awareness of the individual mandate. Urban's own surveys have found just about 40 percent of uninsured working-age adults are aware of the coverage requirement. So, she also wonders what's driving the increase in employer coverage. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/10/should-we-have-expected-this-weeks-big-surprise-on-employer-health-insurance-2/

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