Employers Still Unsure Of Health Care Costs.
The Supreme Court’s landmark 5-4 ruling yesterday upholding the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health-care law eliminated at least one level of uncertainty hanging over America’s businesses since the law was enacted in 2010.
Still, there are plenty of other issues that are unresolved as the work to put key provisions of the law in place remains ongoing.
“For us, there is still tremendous uncertainty,” said Jamie Richardson, vice president of government and shareholder relations for White Castle. “It will be a cost burden for employers and negatively impact job creation.”
Some aspects of the law already have been implemented, including provisions allowing young adults to remain on a parent’s policy and providing preventative care at no cost to employees.
Next will be a requirement that employers with at least 50 full-time workers provide birth-control coverage. In 2014, companies are facing penalties if they don’t offer coverage or if they offer plans deemed unaffordable to employees or skimpy when it comes to coverage. Read more by Mark Williams for the Columbus Dispatch here.