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Employers get reprieve from yet another health reform requirement

You don’t have to worry about setting up your health plan to comply with this reform rule for quite some time.

It’s the one that requires employers with more than 200 full-time workers to automatically enroll new employees in a health plan, unless they opt out.

Federal agencies were supposed to issue regulations on this reform rule and enact it by 2014. However, in a recent FAQ the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury said the regs won’t be ready by then.

Therefore, like some of the other reform rules that’ve been delayed, the agencies said employers don’t have to comply with the auto-enrollment provision until those regs are finalized.

The reform law stipulates that employers will be required to notify employees about automatic enrollment and give them an opportunity to opt out.

Info: The FAQ is available here.

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  1. Why is that the government repeatedly gets to miss its deadlines with no consequences but an employer does not? We all live in fear of being out of compliance with the myriad of confusing, duplicative and sometimes contradictory regulations while bureaucrats get to blithely do whatever they please with no consequences and no accountability. Something is very wrong with that. Don’t get me wrong, though, I’m perfectly happy when the government’s usual inefficiency results in a regulatory reprieve, but the double standard is troublesome.

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