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Employers could take on added shared responsibility for the health care of some workers next year, since the IRS has announced that the new 2024 health plan affordability threshold – used to determine if an employer’s lowest premium health plan meets the Affordable Care Act’s affordability requirement – will be lowered to 8.39% of an employee’s household income for 2024.

The ACA benchmark for determining the affordability of employer-sponsored health coverage will drop significantly for the new plan year, down from the 2023 plan year level of 9.12%. This affordability percentage can affect individuals’ eligibility for federally subsidized coverage from a public exchange, as well as employers’ potential liability for shared responsibility assessments.


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