Senate Bill 1543 died in committee, but it would have prevented employers from reducing employee hours below 30 to avoid giving them health coverage, as required by the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, a bill expanding Oregon’s successful Home Care Commission from Medicaid to the general population and the bill requiring disclosure of toxic chemicals in children’s products passed the Senate Health Committee.
By: Christopher David Gray for The Lund Report
February 13, 2014
Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, pushed a bill that would fix a serious negative and unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act -- large corporations scaling back employee hours to avoid providing them with health insurance.
The Affordable Care Act mandates that large employers offer health insurance coverage to all employees who work at least 30 hours. But, since its passage in 2010, many workers have seen their hours cut from 35 to 29 a week, which can mean a loss of $50 a week or more than $2,000 a year -- a huge sum for someone making less than $15 an hour.