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OH legislators propose Healthcare Freedom Act

On Wednesday, Representatives Andy Thompson and Ron Young introduced a bill in the Ohio House that seeks to alter the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the state.

House Bill 91 states insurance providers operating in the state cannot accept any remuneration, credit or subsidy that could result in a penalty fee for employers or individuals who purchase healthcare coverage from them.

Essentially, the bill, known as the Healthcare Freedom Act, aims to do away with the potential negative consequences entities and individuals face if they do not comply with regulations mandated by health reform. It would limit providers who meet ACA regulatory standards from selling insurance on the benefits exchange.

Employers and residents who do not comply with the ACA face tax penalties, Young said, according to The News-Herald.

“Companies will be left with only bad choices – buy a very expensive government-defined health plan, pay the tax, eliminate jobs or cut workers’ hours,” he said.

Critics of the bill state it would prevent a healthy mix of insurance providers from being selling their products on the benefits exchange, ultimately limiting the choices for Ohioans who will use the online marketplace to purchase coverage.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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