Press Release: Oct 8, 2015
Bill to Protect Small-Group Health Insurance Market Signed Into Law
Congressman Mullin helps author bill to protect businesses and employees from Obamacare
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) made the following statement today after the president signed into law legislation Mullin championed to maintain the current definition of the small-group insurance market and help businesses and their employees access quality and affordable health insurance.
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, on Jan. 1, 2016, the definition of a small-group market is set to change from 1-50 employees to 1-100 employees. The bipartisan Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act (H.R. 1624), which Mullin helped author along with U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02), gives states the flexibility to increase the small-group threshold if they choose, but removes the federal requirement to change the small-group definition.
The House passed H.R. 1624 on Sept. 28, 2015. The Senate passed it on Oct. 1, 2015.
“I am pleased the president signed this bill into law so that we can move quickly to protect small businesses and their employees from interruptions to health coverage and skyrocketing premiums. I appreciated working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on behalf of hardworking Americans and job creators. This new law respects states’ rights to determine the definition of their small-group markets based on the unique circumstances in each state.”
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