Edward Lenz, senior counsel at the American Staffing Association, will testify tomorrow on behalf of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (E-FLEX) Coalition at the House Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee hearing, “PPACA Pulse Check: Part 2.” Lenz, a member of the E-FLEX Coalition’s executive committee, will focus on the unique challenges employers with high rates of variable workforces face in complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“The E-FLEX Coalition welcomes the opportunity to discuss these issues with the Committee. The Coalition has been working diligently to provide extensive policy recommendations and operational input to the Administration and Congress since its formation in 2011,” said Christine Pollack, chair of the E-FLEX Coalition and vice president of government affairs at RILA. “Employer-sponsored coverage is the backbone of the U.S. health care system and we want to ensure it remains a competitive and affordable option for employers and for employees.”
In his testimony, Lenz will focus on many of these hurdles including the ACA’s definition of “full time” as 30 hours of service per week, which is creating perverse economic incentives to reduce employees. He’ll also discuss the law’s definition of a “large employer” as 50 or more full-time employees, which will stifle smaller employers’ ability to manage their workforces and could discourage business expansion and offering of health coverage.
Proposed regulations and reporting requirements under the law have also caused increased uncertainty among employers. The proposed employer reporting rules issued last week fail to take a holistic view of employers’ obligations under the law. Employers thus face major uncertainty regarding the software and other systems they must develop and implement now to be ready for 2015. The E-FLEX Coalition has, since 2011, been urging a number of approaches to mitigate the recordkeeping and reporting burdens on employers.
The Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (E-Flex) Coalition is a group of leading trade associations and businesses in the retail, restaurant, hospitality, construction, temporary staffing, and other service-related industries, as well as employer-sponsored plans insuring millions of American workers.
The E-Flex Coalition represents employers who create millions of jobs each year, employ a significant workforce in the U.S., offer flexible working environments for employees, and are a leading contributor to the nation’s economic job recovery. Members of the E-Flex Coalition are dedicated to the common goal of creating solutions for both large and small employers and are working to help ensure that employer-sponsored coverage – the backbone of the U.S. health care system – remains a competitive and affordable option for employers and for employees whether full-time, part-time, temporary, or seasonal workers.