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Kirkpatrick Takes Leading Role in Helping AZ Businesses with ACA
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick took a leading role in helping to make the Affordable Care Act simpler for Arizona businesses.

She and a number of colleagues asked for improvements in the reporting requirements, and the Treasury Department responded with a one-year delay for businesses from 50 to 99 employees. (Businesses with fewer than 50 people are exempt.)

"Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)," the Treasury Department wrote in a response to Kirkpatrick. "Your policy guidance has been invaluable and has helped the Treasury Department implement the ACA more carefully and thoughtfully, and improve our country's health and financial security."

"Delaying the employer mandate and reporting requirements until January 1, 2015 was a commonsense step to ensure that reasonable reporting requirements can be developed," the members of Congress wrote in a letter. "Additional similar steps should now be implemented, and the Administration should now take advantage of this time to work with both large and small employers to develop simple and straightforward requirements that capture the necessary information in an easy and cost-effective way. In addition, small businesses with 50 or fewer employees should be given safe harbor by which they can demonstrate their small business status at minimal or no additional cost."

Kirkpatrick continues to seek ways to improve the ACA’s efficiency while cutting costs.

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