Aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision: Where do employers go from here?

By Fritz Richter

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What does this mean for employers that sponsor group health plans? All provisions of the ACA continue to apply, or will apply as they become effective, to employer-sponsored group health plans. This means that the previous guidance issued by the governmental agencies that administer the ACA remains in effect. In addition, employers will need to comply with substantial future guidance expected to be issued in connection with the implementation of the ACA as that guidance becomes effective.