The Washington Examiner is reporting that a handful of Democratic Senators have requested HHS delay the 2016 rule that would make groups of 51-100 employees part of the small group health market and take them out of the more flexible large group market.
Currently small group is defined as 2-50 employees and in 2014, under a 'Grandmothering' provision, were allowed to maintain non-Obamacare coverage through 2017 (2016 in California).
Grandmothering in California only applied to small groups 2-50 who had a plan renewal in the 4th quarter of the year. All other groups were not allowed to exercise the Grandmother provision and were forced to move to ACA compliant coverage at their group renewal.
According to the article, only 9% of employers with 51-100 employees actually offer health insurance coverage. Will be curious to see this play out. They are asking for at least a two year delay on implementation.
Washington Examiner Article
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