Georgia unions got waivers for thousands of their members – Atlanta Business Chronicle

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Georgia unions got waivers for thousands of their members – Atlanta Business Chronicle

The employer mandate component of the federal health-care law isn’t just complicating the lives of businesses.

Labor unions that administer multiple-employer health insurance plans accounted for just more than half of the requests for temporary waivers to comply with the health care law stemming from Georgia.

The federal government approved waivers in 2010 and 2011 for 17 union-run health plans in Georgia representing 44,930 of the state’s union members. During those two years, 15 Georgia-based self-insured companies got waivers — with just 7,676 enrollees — according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

While business owners frequently cited the difficulties of complying with a complex law in asking for waivers, unions needed more time to incorporate the changes resulting from health-care reform into their contracts with management, said Steve Lomax, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1996, based in Suwanee.

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