DTN/The Progressive Farmer In-Depth
Health Care Countdown
Mid-size farmer Christian Yunker hires too many workers to be exempt from new federal health insurance mandates, yet his operation is too small to justify offering coverage to part-time workers. (DTN photo by Jim Patrico)
Inside You'll Find...
- Nearly everyone will need health insurance coverage or face fines starting in 2014. Employers of all sizes should start their homework now.
(January 29, 2013)
- State exchanges are the centerpiece of the new health care law, but delays and confusion mean it's not clear if it will be cheaper for small business to tap them or not.
(May 24, 2013)
- IRS surprised critics by postponing the penalty for large and mid-sized employers who fail to offer adequate health insurance in 2014. Rules to simplify compliance for all sizes of employers could come next week.
(July 3, 2013)
- This year's employee head count will determine whether and what penalties employers will pay for failing to offer health insurance starting in 2014. How to define full-time equivalents for seasonal and part-time workers is the key for ag employers.
(July 26, 2013)
- Online health insurance shopping malls for uninsured individuals and small employers' group plans open Oct. 1. Here are health coverage issues your employees and you need to consider before buying.
(July 30, 2013)
- Starting Oct. 1, state-based health care marketplaces will go live, offering new alternatives to uninsured individuals and small business group plans.
(July 29, 2013)
- Employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent workers got a year's reprieve from the mandate to offer health insurance starting in 2014. But employers of all sizes must still wrestle with how to count part-time or seasonal employees before they decide to pay.
(August 15, 2013)
- Early peeks at state exchanges show steep discounts and tax credits could offer welcome relief for many farmers and their employees on state-based health exchanges.
(September 13, 2013)
- Small Business Prescription for Obamacare; Thanks to tax credits and subsidies, many farmers will find big incentives to drop company-provided insurance for themselves and employees under Obamacare. Rules also change on medical reimbursement accounts.
(September 18, 2013)
- Don't attempt to reimburse employees for health insurance or medical costs. Under a retroactive ruling for the Affordable Care Act, the government will impose a $100/day fine per employee on you.
(December 30, 2014)