2013 Revisited: It Was an Interesting Year for Health Care, but not for the Reasons You Would Expect

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The coming year was supposed to be the year when two of health care reform’s most critical provisions, the employer and individual mandates, took effect. But employers who were busily preparing for the January 1, 2014, deadline during 2013 had to deal with a lack of critical regulatory guidance, backdoor efforts to repeal or defund health care reform, and ultimately an extension of the deadline that only delayed the inevitable. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage in June had employers scrambling to update their plans, policies and payroll practices. The year 2013, it turns out, was a busy one, but not in the way companies might have expected. With all of these events, it is easy for employers to lose sight of what is really important.

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Originally published in Seattle Business magazine on January 2, 2014.

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