ACA’s Automatic Enrollment Requirement Is Repealed

On November 2, 2015, the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 which included repealing the Affordable Care Act’s automatic enrollment requirement.

The original intent of the act’s enrollment provision was to require large employers (those with 200 or more full-time workers) with a group health plan to automatically enroll newly eligible employees and re-enroll current employees. Notices would have been provided to the employees giving them an opportunity to opt out of the health plan if they did not want coverage.

The automatic enrollment requirement never took effect. It had been delayed for several years pending regulations and now has been repealed in its entirety.