California Says Mandate Delay Won’t Affect Healthcare Exchange

California Says Mandate Delay Won’t Affect Healthcare Exchange

[Los Angeles Times]

Peter Lee, executive director of California's new health insurance exchange, said a federal delay on large employer rules won't interfere with the state's marketplace for individuals. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Peter Lee, executive director of California’s new health insurance exchange, said a federal delay on large employer rules won’t interfere with the state’s marketplace for individuals. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

California officials predict that the one-year reprieve for large employers from the federal healthcare law’s penalties won’t affect the rollout of a new state-run insurance market next year.

The one-year delay announced late Tuesday by the U.S. Treasury Department lifts a requirement that companies with more than 50 full-time workers provide health insurance or pay a fine. Those employer penalties will now go into effect in 2015 instead of this January.

Those requirements were put into the Affordable Care Act to prevent firms from dropping employee coverage and shifting the cost onto the government.

Covered California, the state’s new health insurance exchange, said it remains on track to start enrollment for consumers Oct. 1.

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