Board Learns How Obamacare Will Affect JCHC

Board Learns How Obamacare Will Affect JCHC

At their last meeting, the Johnson County Healthcare Center's Board of Trustees learned what effect Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, will have on the facility and its employees.

Unfortunately, overall not enough is known to understand exactly how it will affect the healthcare center's bottom line, according to Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward.

Ward said the facility has 190 employees, of which, 90 to 100 employees participate in their current plan which is partially self-funded by the healthcare center, and includes medical, dental and vision.

What they know so far about how the ACA will affect them is they will be considered a “large employer,” required to provide coverage because they have more than 50 full-time employees (FTEs).
They must change eligibility from 32 hours per week to 30 hours per week and make coverage available to any employee working more than 30 hours per week.
And three provisions in particular are concerning to them: (1) provide a plan that meets minimum essential coverage; (2) provide a plan that meets minimum value (deductibles, co-pays, etc.); and (3) the affordability provision which sets maximum employee expense of no more than 9.5% of family income for health insurance.

These provisions could end up costing the healthcare center substantially more to offer health insurance to their employees under the ACA, but Ward said they just aren't sure what the financial aspects will be other than the hospital's contribution into their plan could increase.

Ward said hospital administration will be meeting with their health insurance provider Mountain West Benefits in the next few weeks to discuss it in more detail.

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