Roofing Contractors Pleased With PACE

The Pro­­tecting Affordable Coverage for Em­ployers Act will reduce burdens from the Af­fordable Care Act on many midsize employers 

By By Michael Chamernik, Associate Editor | December 15, 2015
President Obama signs the Pro­­tecting Affordable Coverage for Em­ployers (PACE) Act on Oct. 7, 2015

President Obama signed the Pro­­tecting Affordable Coverage for Em­ployers (PACE) Act (HR 1624/S 1099) on Oct. 7 to reduce burdens from the Af­fordable Care Act (ACA) on many midsize employers. 

The National Roofing Contractors Asso­­ciation (NRCA) is pleased with the change. Before PACE, the ACA originally required that all state small-group insurance markets cover not just firms with 1 to 50 employees, but those with 51 to 100, as well. 

Many midsize companies would have had to change plans, possibly resulting in an increase of up to 18 percent or more, according to the consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Costs would have risen because small-group insurance markets are more strictly regulated than large-group markets, the NRCA says.

“By preventing the scheduled expansion of the small group markets under the ACA from being implemented in 2016, the PACE Act will reduce potential adverse effects on employers and workers,” said William Good, executive vice president of the NRCA, in a statement. “The legislation merely retains the status quo that has been in existence for decades under which states may choose to expand the small group market if they wish but are not mandated to do so by the federal government.” PB


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