What Does Obamacare Mean to Nonprofits?

Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known as ‘Obamacare’, was signed into law on March 23, 2010.  On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the act as constitutional.  The law requires all U.S. citizens to be covered by health insurance.  Several provisions of the law have already been enacted, while others have yet to be implemented.

What does this mean for your nonprofit?

The number of employees your organization has will determine what your organization is required to provide.

Less than 25 employees

Not required to provide health insurance.

If your organization does provide health insurance, you may be eligible for a tax credit to deduct 25% of the cost of health insurance from 2010-2013 and 35% in 2014.  For more information on the credit, check out our previous blog post, Don't Forget About the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

Less than 50 employees

Not required to provide health insurance.

Employees that do not receive insurance from their employer (or Medicare and Medicaid) are required to purchase their own insurance (effective 2014).

More than 200 employees

Required to automatically enroll employees into health insurance plans offered by the employer.  Employees may opt out of coverage (effective 2014).

Also included in the act is the implementation of health insurance exchanges.  These allow individuals and employers to buy lower-cost health insurance as part of a purchasing pool.  Employers with less than 100 employees and individuals with income between 133% and 400% of the federal poverty level will be eligible to participate in the exchanges, which are expected to be operational by January 1, 2014.

Some organizations may find it beneficial to extend their current insurance coverage to all employees while others may find it actually saves money to discontinue insurance and simply pay the penalty.

Posted by: Carrie Minnich, CPA

Posted in Mission Minded Nonprofits

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