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State's 4 like 40-hour jobs for coverage

January 9, 2015
In The News

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas' all-Republican U.S. House delegation supported legislation Thursday that would increase how many hours an employee must work before his employer is responsible for providing him health insurance.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's expansion of insurance coverage requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide health benefits for employees who work 30 or more hours per week. Employers can be fined for not offering health insurance to qualifying employees.

Supporters of the increased-hours legislation say the current 30-hours threshold has prompted employers to restrict workers to fewer than 30 hours so they don't qualify for insurance coverage.

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