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Are Minimum Essential Coverage Plans Legal Under the ACA?

This post has been archived from the original version - links may no longer be active. The Affordable Care Act requires "applicable large employers" (ie, employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees) to offer "minimum essential coverage" (MEC) to its employees. If the employer does not offer the required coverage, it will be subject to a $2000 per year penalty if any one of its employees obtains a premium credit to purchase health insurance through a health exchange after January 2014. Just what qualifies as "minimum essential coverage" has been a question since the ACA was passed. Even if the employer offers a health plan, the employer may still be subject to an u

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