HUFFINGTON POST
01/18/2013 10:30 am ET Updated Mar 20, 2013

New Regulations Shed Light On Looming Health-Care Reform Costs For Businesses

The ramifications of health care reform for business owners are coming into focus as regulators float new rules to govern employer-sponsored coverage.

Lost in the political fervor over the fiscal cliff, the Internal Revenue Service recently proposed new regulations to govern what has been dubbed the "employer mandate" section of the Affordable Care Act. The provision, which takes effect next year, requires companies with 50 or more employees to either provide adequate and affordable coverage to their workers or pay tax penalties.

But just how are those 50 to be counted? Business owners have been waiting to find out how part-time and seasonal employees will count toward staff totals, how owners of more than one business are supposed to tally their workers, and of course, exactly how steep the penalties will be for failing to provide coverage.

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