House to Vote on Two Bills to Delay Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

The House is expected to vote on two bills to delay two important provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for one year – the requirement that large employers provide health insurance or face financial penalties and the requirement that most individuals purchase health insurance or pay a fine. The Obama Administration has already delayed for one year the reporting requirements and the collection of penalties if employers do not provide health insurance. The administration stated that more time was needed to finalize reporting regulations and finish developing the communication structures to notify and collect the large employer penalties. The individual requirement to purchase health insurance is important to ensure that enough healthy people purchase insurance to offset the cost of covering people with health conditions. There is a concern that without the requirement people will wait to purchase insurance until they become sick and need health insurance coverage. As with other votes on the ACA, both bills are likely to pass in the House but are not expected to be considered by the Senate.

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