California employers with fewer than 50 employees will not have to offer Affordable Care Act-compliant health plans until 2016 thanks to a new state law.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 1446, sponsored by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) on Monday. The legislation, first introduced in February, passed through the state senate and state assembly over the past few months, following a handful of amendments that limited its scope from a two-year delay to one-year delay.

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