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Few Oregon Employers Affected By Change In Health Mandate

The Obama Administration has again delayed a requirement to make medium-sized companies provide health insurance to employees. But the change will not effect a large percentage of Oregonians.

Under the change, firms with 50 to 99 employees don't have to provide health insurance until 2016.

The requirement had already been delayed to 2015. Employers that don't provide coverage by the deadline are subject to tax penalties.

Oregon employment economist Nick Beleiciks says about 2 percent of Oregon companies employ between 50 and 99 workers.

"There really aren't a whole lot of firms in that size group, compared to overall number of firms in Oregon," Beleiciks says.

If you look at the percentage of Oregonians who work in medium-sized companies, it stands at about 10 percent. But most mid-sized companies already offer health insurance as a benefit.

Online: Oregon business size data.

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