Note: This is a guest post from Enroll Nebraska intern Sally Henry.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the topic of heated debate within Congress since it was first introduced and passed in 2010, but after the Supreme Court delivered the law a major victory in June, lawmakers are starting to work together acknowledging the reality that the ACA is here to stay.
Last Monday a bill was peacefully passed regarding the health care law’s definition of a small employer.
The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act undoes a change that would take place starting in 2016. The original provision from the ACA defined a “small employer” as a company with 100 or fewer employees. This would force more businesses into the small-group insurance market, and it could result in paying higher premiums and losing their current plans.
But under the PACE Act, individual states now have the power to decide whether or not to expand the small-group insurance market.
Here in Nebraska, the passage of the PACE Act is a welcome development that shows our leaders are working together to strengthen the ACA, which already has helped more than 70,000 Nebraskans find affordable coverage.
Read more here about how the PACE Act is affecting Affordable Care Act debates.