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Topic: Employers

Health insurance through one’s job has traditionally been the main way for working-age people to obtain coverage for themselves and their families. The ACA now requires large employers to offer their employees affordable minimum essential coverage, and provides a penalty for those who fail to do so.

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Help on the Horizon: Will Bring Relief Millions Hurt by the Recession

Findings from The Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey of 2010 demonstrate that the passage of the Affordable Care Act was critical to the future health and well-being of working families. Publishe in March 2011.

Employers and Health Care Reform

This March 2011 policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the issues surrounding the ACA’s requirement that mid- and large-sized companies make payments to the federal government if they do not offer health insurance to their employees and dependents. The brief, which was published in Health Affairs notes that the requirement is high-profile and one of the law’s more controversial elements.

The Key Role of Workforce Policy

This October 2011 issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlights the role of workforce policy in assuring access to care under health reform and improving primary care for patients. The authors clearly lay out four alternative, but not mutually exclusive, approaches to improving access to primary care, present likely advantages and disadvantages of each, and list policy approaches needed for each approach to succeed.

Without Reform Past High Premiums Will Be the Future

This January 2011 HHS report from the Kaiser Family Foundation demonstrates that without reform health insurance premiums paid by consumers and employers would be higher in the short and long run. Under the ACA some families can save up to $14,900 a year, and tax credits will save small businesses $6 billion over two years. The full title is “Health Insurance Premiums: Past High Costs Will Become the Present and Future Without Health Reform.”

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