The White House recently announced that the PPACA mandate requiring employers with 50+ employees provide health insurance coverage to all employees working more than 30 hours per week will be delayed until 2015. This deferral period is intended to allow both businesses and the federal government sufficient time to consider reporting requirements and adaptation strategies. The decision will have no effect on the individual mandate (requirement that all American’s purchase at least the minimum essential coverage), and is not anticipated to delay the launch of the virtual health insurance marketplace in 2014. Small businesses (those with less than 50 employees) will still be able to begin applying for policies beginning in October. Although many organizations have voiced support regarding the President’s decision, critics worry that some businesses will still reduce hours and staff in order to avoid compliance with the mandate in 2015.