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Employer Mandate

A provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires all employers to offer a defined standard of health benefits and pay a set portion of the cost of those benefits for their employees. Imposes a fee on employers with more than 50 employees who fall into certain categories. Fee structure: $2,000/full time employee (after the first 30) for companies that do not offer healthcare and have at least 1 full time employee receiving a premium tax credit; $2,000/full time employee (after the first 30) or $3,000/full time employee receiving a premium tax credit, whichever is less, for companies with more than 50 employees that offer health care. Also known as the Employer Shared Responsibility Requirement.

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Commonly used shorthand for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care reform law signed by President Obama; often referred to as…