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Health Care and the Part-Time Employee



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ANCHOR LEAD: As the health care industry continues to undergo a major overhaul, health insurance requirements can be more confusing than ever – especially when it comes to the part-time worker. Brian Osuch has more. (:59) SCRIPT: Health Care Now, I'm Brian Osuch. With many companies, big, and small considering a shift to part-time employees to avoid penalties under the Affordable Care Act, the nations part-time workforce faces new challenges. Jeff Brown with Aetna Insurance says the new law doesn't provide new solutions for part-timers, but does define part-time as thirty hours per week. He says there are some things part-timers can be doing in terms of their health insurance situation. CUT: (Brown) I would make a list of prior year expenditures. Try to take better care of themselves. And try not to over insure themselves. Don't be afraid of higher deductibles and taking stronger ownership of your own health. And using supplemental benefits or savings accounts to provide day-to-day cash if something does happen. SCRIPT: Brown says part-timers need to know they do have options when it comes to their coverage. CUT: (Brown) I would suggest they go to K-F-F-dot-org; Kaiser Family Foundation, great tools and resources to learn about healthcare reform. SCRIPT: That website again is K-F-F-dot-org. That's Health Care Now from Aetna. I'm Brian Osuch.
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