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Indiana Sues To Halt Health Law’s Employer Mandate

The state attorney general and 15 school districts filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service, claiming that tax penalties for businesses with 50 or more full-time employees that fail to provide health benefits cannot be enforced against state or local governments. That mandate has been delayed until 2015.

Indianapolis Star: 15 Indiana School Districts, Attorney General Sue To Block Obamacare Penalties
The state and school districts filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis against the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies. They claim the IRS overstepped its authority earlier this year when it set up financial penalties for employers in states such as Indiana that did not create their own health insurĀ­ance exchanges (Russell and Grope, 10/9).

North West Indiana Politics: Indiana Sues Feds To Halt Obamacare Employer Mandate
Attorney General Greg Zoeller is taking a second legal shot at halting a piece of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Republican sued the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday, claiming that tax penalties for businesses with 50 or more full-time employees that fail to provide qualifying health benefits cannot be enforced against state or local governments. ... The state's challenge has been joined by 15 school corporations, none in Northwest Indiana. The schools claim the health law has forced them to cut employee hours because it requires employers provide adequate health insurance to all employees working at least 30 hours a week, or be fined $2,000 for every full-time worker on their payroll (Carden, 10/9).

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