The Affordable Care Act, or federal health care law, contains benefits and responsibilities for employers. The size and structure of your workforce – small, large, or part of a group – helps determine what applies to you. However, if you have no employees, the following information does not apply to you.
Small employers — generally those with fewer than 50 full-time employees — may be eligible for credits and other benefits. If you run a small business, you have the option of buying health insurance for your employees through the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace. Just like individual insurance, the group plans offered there starting in October 2013 may qualify for federal subsidies to reduce their cost. You can also take advantage of the many Assistance Sites throughout Colorado, including the Colorado Small Business Development Center. Find out more.
A large employer has 50 or more full-time employees or equivalents. Find out more.
How do I know if I am a small or large employer? Why does it matter?
An employer’s size is determined by the number of its employees. Employer benefits, opportunities and requirements are dependent upon the employer’s size and the applicable rules. Generally, an employer with 50 or more full-time employees or equivalents will be considered a large employer.
- Fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees may be eligible for a Small Business Health Care Tax Credit to help cover the cost of providing coverage.
- Generally 50 or fewer employees may be eligible to buy coverage through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). In Colorado, this coverage can be purchased through the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace.
- 50 or more full-time equivalent employees will need to file an annual information return reporting whether and what health insurance they offered employees. In addition, they are subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions.