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Employers Should Continue to Comply with the ACA

President Trump signed an executive order on January 20, 2017, generally directing the heads of government agencies to halt enforcement of Affordable Care Act (?Ç£ACA?Ç¥) provisions that cause financial or regulatory burdens on a host of entities, to the extent permitted by law. While this executive order did not specifically use the word ?Ç£employer?Ç¥ in the list of entities, the list can be construed to include employers providing health coverage to employees. The executive order itself does not relieve employers of any obligations to comply with the ACA, and this action should not occur until the various federal agencies issue guidance delaying or halting the enforcement of specific ACA provisions. The Departments of HHS, Labor, and the Treasury are unlikely to take any action until their new Secretaries are confirmed. In the meantime, employers should continue to comply with the ACA pending issuance of future guidance.

View the executive order.

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