Rep. Messer Introduces Legislation to Exempt Schools from the ACA’s Employer Mandate

Indiana Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN) introduced the “Safeguarding Classrooms Hurt by Obamacare’s Obligatory Levies Act” (“Act”). This proposed legislation aims to exempt schools from the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) employer mandates and penalties.

The Act will seek to have primary and secondary schools; colleges and universities; and state and federal educational agencies exempted from the ACA’s employer mandate. The bill proposes to do this by amending the ACA to exclude elementary or secondary schools, government educational agencies, and institutions of higher education from the definition of “applicable large employer.”

Additionally, the Act proposes that the Secretary of Education be required to conduct a study of the impact of the employer health insurance mandate on the aforementioned educational institutions as in effect before and after the enactment of the Act.   If the bill were to pass, this report would be due within one year of enactment, and would provide Congress with information on the impact of the ACA on the educational system.

For those interested in more information, the Act can be read here.

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