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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed April 3rd, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 248 Yea / 179 Nay
      house Committees
      House Committee on Ways and Means
      Health
    IntroducedJune 28th, 2013

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What is it?

Would repeal the 30-hour definition of “full-time employment” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and restore the traditional 40-hour definition.

The ACA currently stipulates that employers with 50 or more full-time employees must provide those employees with health insurance or pay a fine. The ACA also redefined “full-time” as 30-hours, as opposed to the traditional 40.

The aims of changing the "full time" definition has been advertised by bill sponsors as a way to remove the incentive that some companies may have to reduce employee hours to avoid the employer healthcare mandate.

Impact

The estimated 1 million workers who would lose their private-employer-based coverage under this Act, the companies that employ them, healthcare providers, insurance companies, and state labor definitions.

Cost

$73.70 Billion
H.R. 2565 would reduce the number of people receiving employment-based coverage by about 1 million, and increase the number of people getting their health coverage through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other health insurance exchanges. It would also increase the number of uninsured people. As a result of these changes, the CBO estimates that H.R. 2565 would increase budget deficits by $25.4 billion over the 2015-2019 period and by $73.7 billion over the 2015-2024 period.

More Information

In Depth:

Bill sponsors, like Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) believe that H.R. 2575 would protect employees in lower economic classes and ensure consistency across the federal employment laws.

Opponents of H.R. 2575 note that extending the definition of "full time" offers employers an incentive to not offer employees health care coverage. This would negatively impact those who rely on employee-sponsored health insurance, and lead to higher costs on the government as those people seek other federal-sponsored health coverage options.

Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) Press Release

U.S. Chamber of Commerce (In Support)

National Education Association (In Opposition)

CBO Cost Estimate

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AKA

Save American Workers Act of 2014

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with 40 hours.

    Employers should decide how to define full time work. No more then 40 hours a week.
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    Reducing full time to 30 hours would actually create more jobs which would allow more people to participate in the economy. Win. Win.
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    36-40.
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    This bill is purely one side of the aisle trying to upset the other. It solves nothing and will hurt more Americans than it could ever help.
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    americans need these jobs!!! Why import strangers?
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    for purposes of health care 30 hours should be the standard. Too many employers would use this to avoid having to provide health care by having people work 39 hours per week.
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    The workforce is changing and so will our definition of "full-time"
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    Trying to leave thousands of Americans to die without Healthcare to save corporations money? No thanks. The Government is supposed to be "for the people."
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    For decades federal regulations and most states define full-time as 30-hours a week or more. In fact, some benefits I am aware of define full-time as 20-hours a week or more (Texas Teachers Retirement. ) This is a scam by the GOP to kick people off of ObamaCare that actually would increase the federal deficit as well as misery in people's lives.
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