WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services.
The mandate that large employers provide health care coverage to their employees has been put off until 2015, but some businesses have already started changing health care benefits.
Keith Pacheco says he can’t get health insurance no matter how much he pays. The Langhorne resident is 63 and has diabetes. He works part time for a nonprofit organization that doesn’t offer coverage -- and he can't get it on his own.
Mercer, a professional services provider specializing in talent, health, retirement and investments, says employers have 10 tasks they should perform over the next year to comply with the Affordable Care Act. They are:
Medicare was signed into law on July 30, 1965, and within a year, seniors were receiving coverage. President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, and the uninsured start getting coverage more than three years later, on Jan. 1, 2014.
Business owner Joe Olivo, in his plant, Perfect Printing. talks about the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 in Moorestown Twp, NJ (PHOTO Bryan Woolston / @woolstonphoto)
George Faulkner of Yardley, a retired employee benefits consultant, left, and Martin J. Brill, president of HMO Financial Solutions, LLC, speak to locals at the Free Library of Northampton Township in Richboro on August 22, 2013 during an information session and Q & A about Obama's Affordable Care Act, which will be in effect in 2014.
George Faulkner of Yardley, a retired employee benefits consultant, front (standing) speaks to locals at the Free Library of Northampton Township in Richboro on August 22, 2013 during an information session and Q & A about Obama's Affordable Care Act, which will be in effect in 2014.