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Delay in the Affordable Care Act Helps Dealers

Affordable Care Act - Strong Automotive

There are many positives in the delay of the Affordable Care Act for automotive dealers. The delays mean you have more time to comply with your business. Small business or fleet accounts will be more eager to spend this year while they have a break from the new Affordable Care Act regulations affecting their bottom lines, ultimately boosting your dealership sales.

U.S. Treasury Department Announces Another Delay of the ACA 

February 2014


The U.S. Treasury Department has issued final rules related to the implementation of employer health insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These rules include delays of certain components of the ACA and clarification of certain rules and definitions.

  • Employers with 50 employees, but fewer than 100 employees now have until 2015 to report on their workers and until 2016 before any employer-provided health insurance requirements or penalties could apply.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees now have a phase-in on the requirement to provide health insurance. That phase-in requires that for 2015, coverage be provided to 70 percent of their employees, increasing to 95 percent of employees for 2016 and beyond.
  • Other rules address categories of workers that include:
    • Volunteer “employees” of a government or tax exempt entity; work study students; religious order members; educators who have the summer off; adjunct faculty members; commissioned salespeople; layover hours for airline industry employees and other similar workers; on-call hours; temporary staffing firms; and seasonal workers, such as farm workers or extra department store workers at Christmas; new employees, variable hour employees and short-term employees.
  • Definitions are clarified for terms related to affordability, offers of coverage, dependents and worker classification.

John Paul Strong

John Paul Strong combines his two decades of automotive marketing experience with a team of more than 150 professionals as owner and CEO of Strong Automotive.

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