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Baker Administration’s Proposed Health Assessment on Employers

Proposed Health Assessment on Employers

The Baker Administration’s proposed 2018 fiscal year budget includes a $300 million health assessment on employers. The assessment is meant to help cover the deficit the state faces in funding MassHealth (Medicaid).

The administration plan would impose a $2,000-per-employee fee upon companies at which at least 80 percent of full-time worker equivalents do not take the company’s offer of health insurance, and that do not make a minimum contribution of $4,950 annual contribution for each full-time worker. If 70 percent of a company’s employees accept company health insurance, the company would be assessed $2,000 per employee for the number of employees represented by the 10 percent difference. (aimblog, Jan. 26, 2017)

Specifically, the budget calls for a $2,000 per full time equivalent employee assessment on businesses with more than 10 employees if the employer does not contribute at least $4,950 towards each full time employee’s health care and have an 80% take up rate (participation rate) in a group health plan.

 

What Does This Mean To Your Business

The following are helpful links to learn more about what this would mean to your business.

Contact Your Legislators

 

    You can reach out to your legislators and tell them how this would affect your business. The malegislature.gov site has a find your legislators link which gives you all the information you need to contact them.