Friday, November 14, 2014

Rep. Diane Black's Legislation would roll back ACA’s reporting requirements & mandate eligibility verification

Reposted from The Ripon Advance, Nov. 13, 2014, by - Legislation recently introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) would roll back reporting requirements imposed on employers under the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

Rep. Diane Black
Rep. Diane Black
Under the healthcare law, employers will be required to collect information about health plans offered to employees, spouses and dependents, as well as their dates of birth and Social Security numbers every month beginning in January.

“Obamacare is killing jobs and putting the personal information of Americans across the country at risk,” Black said. “These burdensome reporting requirements take time, money and resources away from the daily operations of running a business. They also put sensitive personal information at risk as it is transmitted to the IRS, where it is then stored. My legislation would allow employers to voluntarily report employees’ health insurance status one time, up front at the beginning of the year, without including their confidential information. This commonsense measure should be considered immediately to ease Obamacare’s burdens on employers ahead of 2015.”

Black’s Streamlining Verification for Americans Act would stop subsidies until verification is completed. “That is what was originally required by the law, and it is unacceptable that this administration has doled out billions of taxpayer dollars without first checking to make sure those receiving subsidies are truly eligible,” Black said.

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