IRS releases guidance for large employers
Posted on December 29, 2012 | Comments (2)
On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the Department of Treasury issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) addressing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer mandate. The IRS also released a series of questions and answers, highlighting the key provisions in the NPRM. The 144-page document explains how to determine which companies constitute large employers and which employees qualify as full-time. In the guidance, IRS also said that large employers must offer coverage not only to employees, but to their families as well.
Comments on the proposed rule are not due until March 18, 2013, and a public hearing will be held on the proposal on April 23, 2013. This comment period contrasts the 30-day comment periods imposed on the proposed market reform and essential health benefits rules recently released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
- Between 2010 and 2013, eligibility and participation in employer-sponsored plans remained relatively steady. Around 88% of full-time employers offer health insurance, and 65% of employees accept it.
- Premium costs rose moderately for all age groups, leveling off more so in the last two years. Increases were greatest for employees under 30, half of whom accepted employer-sponsored coverage.
- Employees with higher incomes had higher premiums, attributable to these individuals also having more dependents. Premium contributions as a percentage of income was also higher for employees earning lower wages.