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June 01, 2010

Health Care Calculation for Businesses: Coverage Versus Paying the Penalty

Large and mid-sized businesses have some calculating to do regarding the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the federal health care law, but that calculation will not be entirely monetary, according to Dr. Craig Samitt.

Samitt, president and CEO of Dean Health System in Madison, said the comparison small and mid-sized businesses must begin to make is the respective cost of providing insurance versus the cost in penalties for not providing it. That final decision does not have to be made until January of 2014, but provisions clearly prescribe that employers will have this choice themselves. (Qualified small businesses would be able to purchase insurance for their employees through state-based Small Business Health Options Programs or SHOPs.)

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