William Gallagher Associates Insurance Brokers Inc. has tried to boil the news into a short note: U.S. employers will face many health benefits compliance deadlines in the coming year.
Some employers and brokers may have been closing their eyes, putting their fingers in their ears and hoping the U.S. Supreme Court would make the deadlines associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) go away.
The court ruled June 28 that the U.S. Constitution does give Congress the authority to impose a tax on individuals who fail to own a minimum amount of health insurance starting in 2014, and that Congress does have the authority to use promises to new funding to encourage states to expand access to state Medicaid programs.
Opponents continue to fight PPACA implementation in Congress, at the state government level, at the polls, and in the courts.
Although the Supreme Court now has rejected some cases challenging the constitutionality of PPACA, others are working their way through the courts, and new cases could crop up.