What’s new with the Affordable Care Act?
Interview: Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., is a professor of pediatrics and assistant dean for Research Mentoring at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.
Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., "Sound Medicine" health care policy analyst, talks with host Jill Ditmire about why the Obama administration is delaying implementation of the employer mandate section of the Affordable Care Act until 2015 and what that means for uninsured employees. The mandate forces all businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance or face steep fines. According to Dr. Carroll, the Affordable Care Act will be easier to implement because of delay. However, the absence of the employer mandate means the federal government will have to offer insurance to those full-time employees working at companies that don’t provide health insurance. On Oct. 1, information regarding insurance plans will be available online, and consumers will have until Jan. 1 to decide which plan they want to purchase.