In July 2013, the Obama administration announced implementation of the employer mandate would be pushed back to Jan. 1, 2015 – the reason being employers' numerous concerns about the challenges it would put on them.

A second delay was announced February of this year that employers with between 50 and 99 employees have until January 2016 to offer health insurance or pay a fine. Companies with more than 100 employees must offer health insurance or pay a fine of $2,000 per worker by January 2015.

The announcements surprised many as the provision was considered an essential part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Since then, questions about if the mandate matters or will even be implemented have been made.

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