Hopefully, all members have forwarded the mandatory notices to their employees regarding their participation in healthcare plans by October 1, 2013, as was required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). One rule that is often overlooked in the ACA requires employers with more than 50 employees to provide lactation space for nursing mothers to express breast milk for one year after a child’s birth, a reasonable break time for that purpose, and a place other than a bathroom for the employees’ use. On November 27, 2013, the Obama administration announced a major delay in the online portion of the federally run Small Business Health Options (SHOP) program, the component of the ACA designed to expand health insurance options for small businesses. The administration announced that online enrollment through will be delayed from December 1 until November 2014. This delay follows a two-month delay announced earlier this year. Small businesses still will have the option to purchase SHOP health insurance plans through a broker or agent who will assist the employer with filing a paper application with the government, for coverage taking effect January 1, 2014. The government expects to be able to process paper filings for eligibility within three to five business days, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency charged with implementing the ACA. The SHOP program was specifically designed for businesses with fewer than 50 employees to be able to shop for health insurance through online exchanges similar to those available to individuals under the ACA.
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