Obama Administration Delays ACA Provision Until 2015
On Tuesday, the Obama Administration announced that they would delay the implementation of a key mandate from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until 2015. The provision, which states that all employers with more than 50 employees must provide insurance coverage to their employees or face a monetary penalty was originally supposed to take effect in 2014.
Under the law, employers must provide information on coverage and costs in order to show that they offer adequate coverage to employees. The delay will give employers more time to provide the necessary information to the Internal Revenue Service, insurers, and insurance exchanges and will also ensure that companies understand and complete the process fully as well as accurately, according to NPR.
Reuters stated that many Democratic lawmakers are applauding the delay as a sign of flexibility. Republican lawmakers believe the move demonstrates how the mandate is flawed and ineffective.
Neil Trautwein, Employee Benefits Policy counsel for the National Retail Federation stated, "They're not ready, we're not ready, and rather than plow ahead, they're going to take the right and wise approach. The last thing the administration or the business community needs is for the ACA to come out of the gate sideways."
Media Resources: Huffington Post 7/2/13; NPR 7/2/13; Reuters 7/2/13
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .