A slight reprieve

Ceding to pressure from employer groups, including NRCA, the Obama administration has extended the deadline for the employer mandate components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) one year; the new deadline is Jan. 1, 2015.

Employers had long complained about the mandate's complexity and said they would have had little time to implement the requirements effectively (many were waiting to see whether the ACA would be struck down by the Supreme Court, which it was not).

The administration says the delay will allow it to consider ways to simplify the new reporting requirements and provide time to adapt health coverage and reporting systems.

The ACA includes information reporting by insurers, self-insuring employers and other parties that provide health coverage. It also requires information reporting by certain employers with respect to the health coverage offered to full-time employees as defined in the act.