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Shifting employment landscape complicates ACA implementation

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was drafted, it contemplated preservation of employer-based health coverage that came about in the 1940s and which continues to serve as the primary form of coverage for working age Americans.  In preserving employer-based coverage, the Affordable Care Act assumes most people will continue to obtain their incomes – and their health coverage – via full time employment.

It also assumes small employers will for the most part want to provide health benefits to their employees provided they have access to quality, affordable plans, reinforced by the law’s reforms of small group markets and pooling their purchasing power via the health benefit exchange Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

However, there are multiple, large scale shifts altering employment in the United States and the health benefits that have historically come with it for more than six decades:

 


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The New Economics of Part-Time Employment – NYTimes.com

The New Economics of Part-Time Employment – NYTimes.com.

Economist Casey B. Mulligan runs the numbers and concludes that for many, part time employment may become a more attractive option when tax credit subsidies for health coverage purchased on state health insurance exchange marketplaces is factored in.

Part time employment has been on an uptick since the start of the economic downturn in 2008 as this NYT article notes.  However, many part timers would prefer full time positions and the health benefits that come with them.  The exchange subsidies could change the calculation and possibly not only make part time work more palatable but also reinforce its rise.

 


Need a speaker or webinar presenter on the Affordable Care Act and the outlook for health care reform? Contact Pilot Healthcare Strategies Principal Fred Pilot by email fpilot@pilothealthstrategies.com or call 530-295-1473. 

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