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Obamacare Waivers Double, Now Extended to 1.5 Million Employees

John on December 3, 2010 at 10:12 am

Last month it was revealed that 111 companies had received one year waivers from costly provisions of Obamacare. I was curious about how (and why) companies were receiving the waivers, so I interviewed the owner of Captain Elliot’s Party Boats (they appeared on the list last month). The owner revealed that his insurance agency recommended applying for the waiver. The bottom line was “It was better for us.”

Yesterday HHS updated their site to show that the number of “waived” organizations has now doubled to 222. The total number of people excused from this particular requirement of the new law has gone from 1.1 million to 1.5 million in one month. The largest single addition is American Heritage Life Insurance Company with nearly 70,000 employees. There are also quite a few union locals on the updated list:

  • Bricklayers Local 1 – 1,985 employees
  • International Brotherhood of Trade Unions Local 713 – 861 employees
  • Local 1102 has three listings – 6,271 employees
  • Local 338 – 18,209 employees
  • SoCal Pipe Trades – 12,700
  • Teamsters Local 522 – 270
  • UFCW Local 1445 – 148
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 630 – 1,166
  • UFCW Local 1000 – 3,855
  • SEIU Greater New York – 4,544
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Workers Local 52 – 1,547
  • Social Service Employees Union Local 371 – 34,000

I’ve missed a few, but you get the gist. If all of these locals are eligible, it seems reasonable to assume many more locals in the same unions will be eligible. I’m actually surprised the total number of waivers only doubled. Perhaps HHS has a large backlog but is only going to approve (or capable of processing) so many per month. Last month there were 111 approved waivers. This month 222. If the number of waivers next month is 333, I’ll be suspicious.

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