A member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee is trying to free schools and other educational institutions from having to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) employer mandate.
Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., has introduced H.R. 4775, the “Safeguarding Classrooms Hurt by Obamacare’s Obligatory Levies” (SCHOOL) Act bill. PPACA is set to require some employers to provide health coverage for many year-round, full-time workers starting in 2015 or else pay a penalty. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to apply the mandate to more employers in 2016.
Messer says his bill would stop a harmful Obamacare tax on school districts. The bill would create an exemption for institutions of higher education and state and local educational agencies as well as K-12 schools.
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