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Supervisors discuss ways to deal with Obamacare

by Larry S. Chowning

President Barack Obama’s mandatory health-care plan, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), has Middlesex County officials planning ways to sidestep having to provide expensive health care to part-time county employees. Currently, Middlesex County does not provide health insurance benefits to part-time workers.

During budget talks on Tuesday, county administrator Matt Walker said the county has between 25 and 30 part-time employees whose time will have to be “closely” monitored to prevent the county from being required to provide them with health insurance.

“We rely a great deal on part-time employees,” said Walker. “If they work over 30 hours a week, we will be required to provide them health insurance and that will be quite expensive.

“It’s going to require close management not to allow our part-time people to trip that 30-hour limit,” he said.

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posted 02.06.2013

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