Members of the U.S. House could vote on H.R. 1624, a federal small-group plan definition bill, later today.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) calls for the cut-off to increase to 100 employees, from 50, in all states starting Jan. 1. H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act bill, would let a state decide whether to set the cut-off at 50 or 100.
The amended version of the bill coming up for a vote would also add $205 million to the federal Medicare Improvement Fund.
Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., introduced the bill together with more than 200 cosponsors. He says the $205 million addition to the Medicare fund would restore funding that was cut by PPACA.