National Restaurant Association Commends Senator Isakson’s Efforts to Repeal Auto Enrollment

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(Washington, D.C.) The National Restaurant Association (NRA), the leading business association for the restaurant and foodservice industry, today commended Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) for his leadership in introducing the “Auto Enroll Repeal Act” in the U.S. Senate.  The bill eliminates the automatic enrollment requirement under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is redundant and unnecessary.


We thank Senator Isakson for addressing this challenging part of the health care law which could negatively impact both restaurant owners and their employees,” said Scott DeFife, Executive Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for the National Restaurant Association. “The auto enrollment requirement could cause greater confusion for employees about their decision on coverage and create additional administrative burden for employers, without increasing employees access to coverage. Auto enrollment is unnecessary and redundant as it duplicates the requirement that larger employers offer coverage under the law’s employer mandate. In an industry where there are thousands of part-time, seasonal, and temporary workers, eliminating the auto enrollment provision will alleviate the potential negative financial impact on employees who inadvertently miss opt-out deadlines and free restaurant owners from additional unnecessary paperwork.”

Currently, ACA requires employers with more than 200 full-time employees to automatically enroll all full-time employees in their lowest-cost coverage option unless the employee opts out within a certain time period.

The NRA sent a letter to Senator Isakson supporting introduction and passage of this legislation which can be read here.


Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 990,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13.5 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 16-19, 2015, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter ,  and YouTube.

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