House Looks To Raise Health Law’s Definition Of Full-Time Work To 40 Hours

The Affordable Care Act is once again at the top of the agenda for the new Republican Congressional majority. Yesterday, the House debated a bill that would redefine full-time work from 30 hours to 40 hours a week, reducing the number of workers who would be offered health insurance by their employers. Republicans have argued that by requiring companies to offer health insurance to employees working 30 or more hours, the health law creates an incentive for employers to reduce workers’ hours to below 30 per week. Therefore, creating a way for employers to avoid providing coverage or paying a fine. The bill is expected to pass the House and go to the Senate. However, the White House says that if the bill reaches President Obama’s desk, he will veto it.

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