The Affordable Care Act: A Guide for Union Negotiators

Source: UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, July 2010

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health reform law passed in March 2010, includes many provisions that will impact employer-based insurance and union health plans in particular. Some provisions are effective this year, while others are not effective until 2014 or 2018. The ACA could potentially impact the next few rounds of contract negotiations for many unions depending on the specific contract expiration dates. This guide describes some of the key provisions of the ACA as they apply to union plans, outlines the implementation timeline, and discusses considerations for union negotiators.
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