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Local businesses welcome delay in health care edict
Move could simplify, clarify reporting requirements
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The White House has postponed enforcement of part of the Affordable Care Act, to the collective sighs of relief of human resource professionals such as Deborah Ames. The Obama administration announced last week it was delaying the employer mandate penalties for a year, along with a similar delay in reporting information requirements for employers, health insurance issuers and self-funded plan sponsors. The provision calls for businesses with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees to provide affordable quality insurance to workers or pay a $2,000 fine per full-time employee.