Obamacare: What's Next for Churches
Is your church ready?

The recent temporary fix on Capitol Hill helped the government avoid defaulting on its debt obligations. Republicans and Democrats now continue discussions about a fiscal budget, and with funding still in place for the Affordable Care Act, its implementation remains on track.

Churches and church leaders need to be ready for the Act. Enrollment began this month and a mid-December deadline for 2014 coverage looms. Even if a church isn't required to offer coverage because of its size, its pastors and employees are mandated to obtain it through other options. The upcoming December edition of Church Finance Today provides a quick review of those other options–don't miss this chance to share this information with those who need it.

These additional articles and resources will help churches and church leaders navigate other important aspects of this complex law:

  • A quick explanation by attorney Frank Sommerville on the Act's effects on churches in 2013 and 2014, including how leaders can determine whether their churches must provide coverage.

  • A thorough review of the full Act by Richard Hammar.

  • The written notice that churches must provide to pastors and staff about health insurance.

  • An in-depth explanation of a special tax credit the Act provides to churches that offer health care to employees.

  • And Rich answers: Can ministers opt out of the Act?

For regular updates on the tax and law issues that affect your church, subscribe to our e-newsletter, Church Law & Tax Update.

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