Millions of Americans who cannot afford family coverage offered through employers won't be able to get federal financial assistance to buy health insurance on their own because of what's being called a "glitch" in the Obamacare law, the New York Times reports
The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it would determine whether an employer's health plan is "affordable" based on the cost of coverage for an individual employee, not for a family. That means some families might not be able to afford the full premium on their own but would not be considered eligible for federal subsidies, the Times reported.
This definition of affordable is based on the way Congress wrote the 2010 law, even though some advocates had hoped the glitch would be fixed in the regulatory process, the Associated Press reports.
It is unclear exactly how many people will be affected. To provide some help, officials said families that can't get coverage because of the glitch will not face a tax penalty for remaining uninsured, the IRS rules said.