Unions Say Plans Won’t Qualify for Obamacare Tax Relief

Labor says new HHS rules to exempt self-insured, self-administered plans from an Obamacare tax won’t help.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 09:  Union workers picket outside of a Verizon Wireless store on August 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  San Francisco Bay Area union workers staged a demonstration in front of a Verizon Wireless store in solidarity with striking Verizon union workers on the East Coast. Verizon is seeking $1 billion in concessions from 45,000 of its union workers.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Clara Ritger
Nov. 7, 2013, 3:01 a.m.

Uni­ons and busi­nesses said Wed­nes­day they would not be­ne­fit from the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s plans to ex­empt self-in­sured, self-ad­min­istered plans from the Af­ford­able Care Act’s re­in­sur­ance fee in 2015 and 2016.

The fee — which is $63 per per­son in 2014 and less in 2015 and 2016 — has come un­der fire from uni­ons as a costly bur­den.

HHS told The Wall Street Journ­al it plans to seek pub­lic com­ment on the new reg­u­la­tions.

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