The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the national health reform, which includes new responsibilities and opportunities for employers.


The bill provides incentives to help make offering health insurance coverage to workers easier and, in some cases, more affordable.


The latest date to sign up for ObamaCare as a small business in District of Columbia, without a special hardship exemption, is March 31st, 2014 (please note you must actually enroll in a plan by March 31st, 2014 not just sign up for the site!)


Do You Qualify for ObamaCare as a Small Business in District of Columbia?


What you need to know


Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees can use the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) to offer coverage to their employees.


Through SHOP you control the coverage you offer and how much you pay toward premium costs.


* Employers of this size don’t face a penalty for not offering health coverage.


Employer Rights


  • You can’t be turned down based on the health status of your employees or their dependents, even if they have pre-existing conditions.
  • You can’t be charged higher premiums for women, or have your group’s premium increased for employees with high medical costs.


If you have fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees making an average of about $50,000 a year or less, you may qualify for a small business health care tax credit.


  • To qualify for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, you must pay at least 50% of your full-time employees’ premium costs.
  • You don’t need to offer coverage to your part-time employees or to dependents.
  • The tax credit is worth up to 50% of your contribution toward employees’ premium costs (up to 35% for tax-exempt employers).
  • The tax credit is highest for companies with fewer than 10 employees who are paid an average of $25,000 or less. The smaller the business, the bigger the credit.
  • You can find out if you qualify for the small business health care tax credit by visiting or by consulting with your tax advisor or accountant


If you have more than 50 employees, you may face payments in 2015. This applies only to employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent (FTE) employees that don’t offer coverage or whose coverage doesn’t meet certain minimum standards.


Employers and their Employees


If your company is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, you must have provided a written notice to employees informing them:


  • About the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • That, depending on any coverage you offer, they may be able to get lower costs on private insurance in the Marketplace based on their income.
  • That if they buy insurance through the Marketplace, they may lose the employer contribution (if any) to their health benefits.




If you are an employer or employee with questions please call:


TTY: 1-800-706-7915

Available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.


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