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Senator Begich Pleased Administration Heeds Concerns of Small Businesses

Welcomes Employer Responsibility Provision Delay

With health care reform implementation one of the biggest concerns for Alaska small business owners, U.S. Senator Mark Begich today welcomed reports of a year-long delay in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer responsibility provisions.

“I’m pleased the administration is listening to me and the many businesses that are concerned about the complexity of the new requirements,” Begich said. “Small business owners across this state keep telling me they need more information, time and simplicity to implement this law.  I will keep asking the tough questions so the law is implemented as it was designed – to save families money and ensure that every American has access to good health care.”

The U.S. Treasury Department issued statements today saying based on concerns from American businesses, an additional year will be granted to comply with the so-called employer mandate. A formal announcement from the White House is expected later this week.

Sen. Begich for months has pressed the administration to improve its implementation of health care reform. In May, he sent a letter expressing his concern that businesses needed better access to information regarding the new opportunities and responsibilities presented by the ACA.   He met with the White House as late as last week to continue pushing for improved implementation.

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