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Employers Get More Time for Health Insurance

Employers Get More Time to Provide Health Insurance
WASHINGTON D.C. (WENY) -- Many businesses now have more time before they'll be required to provide health insurance to their employees. That's the latest decision from the White House under the Affordable Care Act.

The decision means businesses who employ between 50 and 99 workers now have until 2016 before they'll be required to provide health insurance for each employee. It's the second time the Administration has delayed the implementation of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

The announcement renewed the fight against the law in Congress. Republicans insist it's flawed, and not ready. Democrats and the President, however, have repeatedly pointed to the success stories that have come from the law's implementation, mostly for people who were originally denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition. New York Congressman Tom Reed says the delay is another sign the law isn't ready - and another reason he'll keep the fight against it alive.

"We're putting real Americans in harm's way and that's why this policy, this healthcare takeover is something I'm really troubled with, and something I'll continue to fight against,
says Rep. Reed.

Right now, the delay only affects business. Individuals are still required to enroll in an insurance plan by March 31, or risk paying a federal fine.