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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.

Cost-Sharing

A percentage of health care that is not covered by health insurance and is paid by the patient.