Medical costs in the U.S. are high, which is why a lot of employees look for a job that offers health insurance. Over 88% of people consider health insurance benefits when choosing a job. For companies, providing group insurance to
employees costs a lot of money, so some companies opt out of providing insurance. But are they required to? Yes, and no.
Affordable Healthcare Act
There is no specific law that requires employers to provide health insurance coverage to their employees. However, in January of 2015, the Affordable Care Act, ACA, required that employers who have 50 or more full-time employees provide health insurance. If they do not, they will face a tax penalty.
According to the ACA, full-time employees are employees who work an average of 50 hours a week.
Group Insurance Penalties
If a larger company with 50 or more full-time employees does not offer health insurance, they are subject to IRS penalties.
The IRS will penalize the company if one or more of their full-time employees gets a premium tax credit for getting their own health insurance coverage from the Marketplace. The company can owe up to $2,500 for each employee.
The company must offer insurance to 95% of their employees to avoid a penalty, and it must be year round. If the business offers healthcare for some months, and not others, then they will face a portion of the annual penalty.
Small businesses are not required to offer healthcare coverage to their employees. Since they have less than 50 full-time employees, they will not face penalties. If a small business does not offer health insurance, then a person can seek their own health insurance plan from the Marketplace or a private company.
While there is no longer a penalty for going without healthcare coverage, it is important to seek out information on different plans. There are plans within your budget that will meet your needs and lifestyle. If you need help searching and comparing all the group insurance plans around, EZ.Insure can help. We offer local specialized insurance agents that can do all the comparisons for you, and just provide you the quotes. All for free! It’s that simple. To begin, enter your zip code in the bar above, or to speak to an agent, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 888-998-2027. There is no hassle involved, and no obligation to buy, and no headaches. Just easy, fast, and free quotes!