A website created by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Service aims to help Nebraska business owners better understand their options under the federal healthcare law.
The employer mandate might have been put off for a year. Still, business owners need to better understand their obligations under the new federal healthcare law.
Burt County University Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator Carroll Welte says the website is designed as an aid, not the final answer on the provisions of the law.
“The website will help them start formulating questions that they can ask of their management team and professionals that they retain to help them make business decisions,” Welte tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The UNL Extension website is: <http://eship.unl.edu/healthcare>.
Welte says many Nebraskans remain confused about the health care law, which actually went into effect in March of 2010, but is being implemented in steps. One aspect many might not realize is that the law considers agricultural operations the same as any other business operation.
The website features a wealth of resources, such as articles, videos and blogs to help businesses understand their obligations under the law.
President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23rd of 2010. Some provisions went into effect immediately. Others are being implemented by steps, with most going into effect January 1st of next year. The mandate that businesses with 50 or more employees provide health benefits has been put off until January 1st of 2015.
Welte says businesses need to plan now, long before that deadline hits.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]