What Obamacare Means for Small Employers in 2013

Dr. Thomas Tesoriero, primary care physician, examines a patient at Kaiser Permanente's Capitol Hill Medical Center. Photograph by Brooks Kraft/Corbis

This June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, clearing the way for the law’s implementation. Some small business owners are still ignoring the implications of reform or are in denial about it, says Jay Starkman, chief executive of Engage PEO, a Fort Lauderdale professional employer organization that handles administration and payroll for 100 small businesses. “We get some employers who say [health-care reform is] going to be repealed and others who say they’ll make changes when they have to,” says Starkman.

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