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As this recent article in the Insurance Journal demonstrates, private employers aren’t the only ones facing tough decisions about complying with the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility requirements (the employer version of the “pay or play” penalties).  The State of Florida finds itself in a position shared by many other employers – it doesn’t currently offer health insurance to employees working only 30 hours per week.  But while private employers only need to amend their group health plans to change employees’ eligibility requirements in order to avoid penalties, Florida needs to amend state law.  Note that one of the alternatives mentioned – creating a separate health insurance program for part-time employees – would need to comply with applicable non-discrimination requirements.

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