VT Senate Considers Major Increase in Employer Healthcare Assessment

Date: April 24, 2014

Senate Finance Committee is debating H.884, Misc. Tax Bill, to include
significant changes to the employer healthcare assessment (formally known as the
Catamount Assessment), in order to raise more money from small businesses.

Changes in the draft released April 23 include:

  • Elimination of the exemption of 4 employees – This will
    cost every employer with fewer than four employees an increased assessment
    $1,500 per year!

  • Requires employers, who offer insurance, to ask their
    employee’s not accepting employer coverage if they are on Medicaid – This
    puts employees in an awkward position, but politicians say it will raise
    $2.0 million from employers, so too bad for the awkwardness.

  • Politicians are considering an increase in the
    assessment amount, yet to be determined.

employer healthcare assessment calculation is done on a quarterly basis
(currently $119.12 per quarter per uncovered employee or $476.48 per year per
employee. This amount increases annually.). Many new employers will begin
paying this fee and most others will pay significantly more.

NFIB/VT urges you to contact your Senator(s) on the Senate Finance
Committee as soon as possible.

Senate Finance Committee

Sen. Tim Ashe, Chittenden County, Chair, [email protected]
Sen. Mark A. MacDonald, Orange County, Vice Chair,
[email protected]

Sen. Christopher Bray, Addison County,
[email protected]

Sen. Peter W. Galbraith, Windham County,
[email protected]

Sen. Robert M. Hartwell, Bennington County,
[email protected]

Sen. Virginia “Ginny” Lyons, Chittenden County,
[email protected]

Sen. Kevin Mullin, Rutland County,
[email protected]

Also you should always directly contact John Campbell, President Pro Tempore of
the Senate by emailing at
[email protected]
or call 802-828-3806.

You may also call the State House, 800-322-5616, to leave a message that will
be delivered directly to them.

Related Content: NFIB in My State | Healthcare | Vermont

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