How the Affordable Care Act could alter retirement benefits

01/30/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A tax provision in the Affordable Care Act could change employers' calculations for providing compensation and retirement benefits, writes Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago. Under a change set to take effect next year, employees' wages and salaries will determine their eligibility for health insurance premium subsidies, but employers' pension contributions will not factor into that calculation. "Even though the Affordable Care Act is known as a health-insurance law, in effect it could be paying for a large portion of employer contributions to pension plans," Mulligan writes.

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