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President Trump’s New Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act – What Does it Mean?

President Trump has already been busy with his presidential pen. On Friday, January 20, 2017 shortly after taking the oath of office, he signed an executive order that called for “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.”

While this executive order does not change the ACA, it gives agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, broad powers and decision-making ability to lessen enforcement of the law by granting waivers, exemptions, or delays in the Act’s requirements until congressional action is taken.

This sends a strong message about President Trump’s goal to repeal the ACA and lessen its impact until it is repealed or changed. So stay tuned for more action and changes!

Time to Start Using New Form I-9

Effective January 22, 2017, employers must use ONLY the new version of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) verify employment eligibility for new employees and rehires. KMA published a blog in November about the new form. Please see “New Version of I-9 Form Has Been Published” for more information and a link to the new form.

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