HHS has ruled that employers must pay $63 per every person insured into a fund. The fund is designed to offset the higher premiums that would occur by the requirement of insurers covering people with pre-existing conditions.
Advocates state that the $63 for every employee and each one of their dependents would actually lower the overall healthcare costs since patients who can't get coverage due to a pre-existing condition seek treatment in the emergency room and those associated costs are passed on to insured customers.
Critics of the plan state that the cost is excessive and that their employees will not directly benefit from it and that employees and their dependents with pre-existing conditions are already coverd.
The annual charges for subsequent years have not been published.