You may have heard about the potentially crippling blow to ACA (as some have described) dealt by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today in Halbig v. Burwell. Basically, a group of individuals and employers challenged the IRS rule that allowed tax credits to help pay for individual coverage through federally-run ACA marketplaces. Their argument was that the literal reading of the statute only allowed these subsidies for individual policies purchased through state-run marketplaces.
At first blush, this might not sound all that important to employers, but it very well could be. If this ruling holds, then it would undercut the ability of the IRS to impose the employer shared responsibility/“play or pay” penalties.