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New York chooses not to adopt Obamacare change


New York will not be one of the states to adopt a new rule change to Obamacare.

A law adopted by the feds early this month would allow states to redefine what constitutes a small and large business for health insurance requirements.

Originally, the Affordable Care Act allowed states to expand the definition of a small business to up to 100 workers.

But now federal officials are allowing states to keep that small business definition the way it is currently, up to 50 workers. And some business leaders support that decision.

"We feel that reverting back to the new federal definition of two to 50 would make sense for New York employers," says Jamie Schutzer, the president of the New York State Association of Health Underwriters. He says the state’s choice to expand the definition of a small business to 100 workers will be expensive for employers.

The federal change was passed with bipartisan support.