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Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the employer mandate — the requirement that most employers offer health insurance to their workers or pay a tax penalty — was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014. Last summer, however, the Obama administration announced that it was delaying the mandate for a year. The administration has now extended the delay for midsize firms until 2016.


From New England Journal of Medicine, Nicholas Bagley, The Legality of Delaying Key Elements of the ACA, Vol. 372 No. 20, 1879-1881. Copyright © 2015 Massachusetts Medical Society. Reprinted with permission.