The House of Representatives recently voted 248-179 to define full-time employment for purposes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate to provide health insurance for full time workers or pay a penalty as forty hours a week. Eighteen Democrats joined with all voting House Republicans who supported the measure. The ACA as it was written defined a full-time employee as someone who works only thirty hours a week.
The President has threatened to veto the bill. The legislation will now go to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain. As this is a prominent issue for home health and private duty providers, NAHC is continuing its campaign to build support by encouraging Senators to cosponsor the bipartisan companion legislation, the “Forty Hours Is Full Time Act” (S.1188), introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
For more on S.1188 and NAHC’s efforts to build support for this legislation, please see NAHC Report, March 31, 2014.
The more cosponsors the Senate bill gets – particularly by increasing Democratic cosponsors - the greater the chance that the Senate will take up and pass this legislation. To send a message to your Senators urging them to support S.1188, please click here.
From a NAHC Report article.