Minimum Essential Coverage is required for large employers.

For large employers, MEC provides an affordable solution to a potential business crippling dilemma, the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate.

There are thousands of Applicable Large Employers (Employers with more than 50 Full-time Equivalent employees) who own and operate successful businesses in which offering health coverage could mean they’d have to close their doors for good. The Employer Mandate’s requirement that they offer health coverage, or potentially face a penalty of thousands of dollars per year per full-time employee, made many of these employers feel as if they had no other options left.

In comes MEC to the rescue, in the right circumstances.

ACA compliance is affordable.

MEC Plans (Minimum Essential Coverage) are a unique benefit offering tailored to employers seeking affordable refuge from the Employer Mandate. They offer Minimum Essential Coverage to all eligible full-time employees working more than 30 hours per week. Simply offering a MEC plan satisfies the first part of the Mandate which saves thousands of dollars per full-time employee.

Is MEC the golden parachute we hoped for? Nope. But it has been a source of business salvation for employers in all 50 states who needed relief from the “sledgehammer” penalties. Let’s take a closer look at why MEC works, and why it may not.

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