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No Impact Seen on Autism Health Benefits from ACA Delay

July 03, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 3, 2013) -- The Obama administration's decision to delay certain reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by private employers is not expected to have any measurable impact on existing autism coverages, according to an initial analysis by Autism Speaks.

A one-year delay announced by the U.S. Treasury Department is limited to private employers with more than 50 workers that do not offer any health insurance. Private and public employers of any size that do offer health insurance as well as the new health benefit exchanges created under the ACA are not affected.

The announcement by the Treasury Department delayed until 2015 a provision under the ACA requiring fines on large employers that fail to provide health insurance coverage to their workers. The delay was attributed to difficulties implementing reporting procedures.

For further insight, read: 'Delay in health insurance law won’t affect many, experts say'