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Proposed Bill Would Increase Hours Under Employer Mandate

06/20/13

  04:00:07 pm, by MedBen5   , 183 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Proposed Bill Would Increase Hours Under Employer Mandate

According to The Hill’s Healthwatch blog, legislation has been introduced in the Senate to modify the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

The mandate, which will take effect in 2014, requires businesses to offer health insurance to their employees who work 30 hours or more. The bipartisan bill would move the working hours from 30 to 40 hours to match the traditional definition of a full-time worker.

Critics of the current mandate believe it will hurt small businesses, as employers will be forced to reduce workers’ hours. Proponents of the bill say that changing working hours to 40 per week ensures that all people have access to affordable health care.

“Businesses are baffled by the definition of 30 hours,” said Susan Collins (R-Maine), a co-sponsor of the bill. She noted that other federal laws generally define a full-time employee as someone who works at least 40 hours per week.

Some liberal Democrats say that they will not consider the change, as setting the employer mandate at 30 hours per week was the best way to ensure that people who work 30 to 40 hours per week have access to health care.

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