Local businesses react to Affordable Care Act

health care
Posted at 6:10 PM, Jul 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-19 18:10:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--"We have five folks in this agency that are taking courses, getting accreditation and trying to learn about the Affordable Care Act, just to be able to communicate and be the experts in the field," said Bart Gunter.

Bart Gunter with Rogers, Gunter, and Vaughn Insurance Inc. says his company has had to go so far as to hiring an outside lawyer with an expertise in health care, to help them keep up with changes in the Affordable Care Act.

For businesses Congress has given a little more time until the year 2015 before businesses with 50 or more employees have to offer health benefits or be penalized. Gunter is urging businesses not to wait to be prepared.

 "That doesn't change the fact measure periods, accountability that have to take place during the year 2013 to assess whether an employee is eligible for benefits or not," said Gunter. "All those things and those changes need to be happening now."

Gunter says they're planning to have an event for the community in September to help educate businesses and individuals on health insurance options.

Individuals can start enrollment beginning October 1.