Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Employer Mandate- The Numbers Count!
Summary: Find out what numbers in the ACA can impact your agency.
HCSSA Topic(s) Addressed:
Faculty: Haff, Alicia
Program Description: The US Treasury Department published final regulations
implementing Employer Shared Responsibility Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015. The final rules provide, for 2015, that an
employer responsibility provision will generally apply to larger firms with 100 or more full-time employees starting in 2015 and
employers with 50 or more full-time employees starting in 2016.
This program addresses the transition provisions, and clarifies whether employees of certain
types or in certain occupations are considered full-time, including volunteers. It provides information about the employer
responsibility provisions in 2015 such as who must offer coverage to at least 70 percent of full-time employees as
one of the conditions for avoiding an assessable payment, rather than 95 percent which will begin in 2016. Alicia also discusses
the full-time employee status determination and an optional look-back measurement method to make it easier to determine
whether employees with varying hours and seasonal employees are full-time, help clarify the method and the
alternative monthly method of determining full-time status, and review the final rules which provide safe harbors that
make it easy for employers to determine whether the coverage they offer is affordable to employees and next steps for simplifying
employer information reporting. Presentation Date: 8.21.2014
Program Objectives: Upon completion of this program, the viewer will be able to:
About the Presenter:Alicia J. Haff, JD, has practiced
law in Texas since 1997, having obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History from Trinity University in 1992 and her
Juris Doctorate from the University Of Texas School Of Law in Austin. From 1997 until 2010, Alicia spent her time
litigating employment disputes, commercial matters and personal injury claims. Healthcare issues and specifically,
the Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, have become Alicia’s passion. To that end, she obtained her Texas General
Lines License in 2007 and thereafter, obtained her Certified Health Care Specialist designation and is certified as
a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Professional. As part of her consulting practice, Alicia is retained on
a regular basis by clients to advise on the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act and clients’ need to come into
compliance with the law and surrounding regulations.