Affordable Health Care

Healthcare decision making for small businesses banner -Small businesses have some big decisions to make about healthcare in 2013. Choose your business type below to learn more information.

These UNL Extension Web pages bring together information to help Nebraska businesses understand the Affordable Care Act rules and regulations and to manage their implementation. Regardless of whether you are self-employed or if you employ a small or large number of people you can locate timely resources and information here. 

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law, March 23, 2010. Many mandates are already in place, and more become effective January 1, 2016. Spend time now to evaluate how these changes will affect your business operation and develop a business strategy that fulfills the ACA requirements and best meets your needs for business continuation and growth. 

The ACA regulations are subject to change.  To have the latest information, visit this website often and talk with your advisors.  You will also find the latest information at the federal ACA website:

Recent News

Large Business (50-99 FTE) Health Care Provision. Businesses that have 50 to 99 full-time equivalent employees will now need to comply with the ACA Employer Shares Responsibility Provision and provide health insurance coverage for their employees effective January 1, 2016.


Information provided here is from a variety of resources managed by government agencies, professionals, organizations, and non-profits. The information is not intended as tax or legal advice, and it may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any federal or state tax penalties.

There is no implied or intended endorsement by UNL Extension of any website,  information, or videos provided within this website. Nor is there any implied endorsement by the creators of the information and videos used within this website to UNL Extension.  Use of the information is for educational purposes only and is designed to serve as a starting point for you to further discuss your business options with an attorney, accountant, human resource (HR) consultant, or other advisor who is well-versed in the new health care regulations.

UNL Extension ACA Team

For questions or additional information, email:

Marilyn Schlake (402.472.4138);
Carroll Welte (402.374.2929);
Jim Crandall (308.995.3889);
Charlotte Narjes (402.472.1724)

Choose your business type below
Farmer and Rancher Business
Employers with 25 or less employees
Employers with 50 or less employees

ACA Infographic

Nice overview of how the ACA affects you and your business.
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ACA Infographic

Source: Kentucky Small Business Development Center

Changing Employer Perspectives

In a recent online article, "How is Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Changing?" Kaiser Health News staff writer, Jay Hancock takes a looks at industry changes for employer-sponsored health insurance.  Key changes include controlling rising insurance costs for the employer and shifting costs and control to employees through incentives and the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).  See more options in the 50 or more category.