State Auditor Asks: Should State of Utah as an Employer Comply with the Affordable Care Act?

While lawmakers on Utah’s Capitol Hill debate to what extent to expand Medicaid (Healthy Utah, Frail/Feeble Utah, or Middle of the Road Utah), state government has begun to comply with the employer mandate provisions of Obamacare, raising questions for some about the intrusion of federal law.

Raising issues of federalism, on Wednesday, Utah State Auditor John Dougall asked a simple question: “Should the State of Utah as an employer comply with the “employer mandate” found in the Federal Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)?”

I called Utah Human Resources and confirmed that the state is acting to comply with the ACA. According to Barbara Smith, a contractor who works for the state to assist in ACA compliance, the state has until May 1, 2015 to comply. The state has been tracking employees’ hours to determine who may be eligible since May of 2014, when the employer mandate was initially intended to kick in and has been notifying employees and agencies as employees become eligible.


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