One-Year Delay for Pay or Play Does Not Affect October 1 Opening of the Marketplace (Maybe)!

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May 20, 2014

The Obama Administration’s announcement of the one year delay for the employer shared responsibility requirements (the “pay or play” mandate) did not directly impact the October 1 opening of the health insurance exchanges (now known as the Marketplace). Last month I had the opportunity to sit on a panel at a public forum here in Wausau which discussed the Marketplace. The Wausau Daily Herald published an article about the forum, and an op-ed. Employers with less than 100 full-time equivalents in Wisconsin, while not subject to the pay or play mandate in 2014, might still decide to take their employees to the Marketplace in 2014, not to avoid a penalty, but rather to identify the extent to which employees are interested in what the Marketplace has to offer.

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