Federal budget repeals controversial piece of Obamacare

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was signed into law by President Obama on November 2, 2015, included a provision that repealed a controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act. Employee benefits attorney Brandon Long was interviewed by The Oklahoman about the provision, which would have required certain employers with more than 200 full-time employees to automatically enroll new full-time employees in the employer’s health benefit plan.

“Many of us in the benefits community believed the requirement was unnecessary because almost everyone is legally required to have coverage under the ACA or pay certain penalties,” said Long.  “Also, there were many open questions surrounding the provision related to which employees would be subject to automatic enrollment and whether such employees would also be automatically enrolled in the employer’s cafeteria plan.”