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Grocery Store Chain Cuts Health Care for Part-Time Workers Because of Obamacare

10:29 AM, Jul 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The grocery store chain Wegmans is cutting health care benefits for part-time workers because of Obamacare, WHAM reports:

Buffalo News reports:

The Rochester-based grocer that has been continually lauded for providing health insurance to its part-time workers will no longer offer that benefit.

Until recently, the company voluntarily offered health insurance to employees who worked 20 hours per week or more. Companies are required by law to offer health insurance only to full-time employees who work 30 hours or more per week.

Several Wegmans employees confirmed part-time health benefits had been cut and said the company said the decision was related to changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act.

However, part-time employees may actually benefit from Wegmans’ decision, according to Brian Murphy, a partner at Lawley Benefits Group, an insurance brokerage firm in Buffalo.

“If you have an employee that qualifies for subsidized coverage, they might be better off going with that than a limited part-time benefit,” Murphy said.

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