• NRA
    NRA We Serve America's Restaurants Representing nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses, we advocate for restaurant and foodservice industry interests and provide tools and systems that help members of all sizes achieve success.
  • NRAEF
    NRAEF Building & Retaining Talent The NRAEF is focused on developing a stronger workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders through education, scholarships and community engagement.
  • NRA Show
    NRA Show May 20-23, 2017 As the international foodservice marketplace, the NRA Show provides unparalleled opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from each other.
  • ServSafe
    ServSafe Minimize Risk. Maximize Protection. For over 40 years, ServSafe® training programs have delivered the knowledge, leadership and protection that have earned the trust and confidence of business leaders everywhere.

National Restaurant Association - Restaurants get big health care win

Skip to navigation Skip to content

News & Research

Share:
Email Print
News RSS

Restaurants get big health care win

Restaurants and other small businesses scored a major victory when President Obama signed  the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act into law, just days after the bipartisan legislation passed both houses of Congress. 

The National Restaurant Association was a leading advocate for the legislation, which will preserve the ability of restaurants and other businesses with 50 to 100 employees to buy health insurance plans on the more affordable large-group market.

Without the change, a provision in the Affordable Care Act would have pushed businesses with 50-100 employees into the small-group insurance market starting in 2016. The small-group market generally offers fewer options and the change would have resulted in higher costs for employers and sharp premium increases for employees. According to NRA research, more than 25,000 restaurants and 1 million employees will be helped by the change. Under the PACE Act, states will have the freedom to limit the small-group market to its traditional definition of businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Starting in 2016, the Affordable Care Act requires employers with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees to offer health coverage to full-time employees.

“We thank the House and the Senate for working together to pass this important bipartisan legislation that ensures America’s small businesses will be free from sweeping premium increases that could severely impact their bottom line, while at the same time increasing the cost of insurance for their employees,” said Angelo Amador, NRA senior vice president and regulatory counsel.

The NRA is a leader of the 50-100 Coalition, a group of business associations that has advocated for passage of the PACE Act, and remains committed to  pursuing further reasonable reforms to the Affordable Care Act, including changing the law’s definition of “full time” from 30 hours to the traditional 40 hours a week definition. 

Conserve RSS Healthcare RSS Conserve RSS

▲ Back to Top

New report

Spot Ad right

We're glad you're here!®

® 2012-2017 National Restaurant Association. All rights reserved.

2055 L St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-5900 | (800) 424-5156