House to Vote on Legislation that would Define “Full-Time” as 40 Hours Under the ACA
NAHC urges all its members to contact their Representatives and ask them to support this measure
March 31, 2014 08:36 AM
Next week the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on legislation that would amend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to define full-time employment for purposes of the ACA employer obligations as 40 hours a week, rather than 30 hours a week as it is currently written. This bipartisan legislation was first introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN). NAHC has been advised that this legislation would be very helpful – particularly to private pay and Medicaid home health providers.
Here is a link to Senator Collins’ statement upon introduction of the original bill: Statement on the Introduction of the Forty Hours Is Full Time Act. It provides useful talking points that advocates can use.
There are two bills in the House that are identical to Senator Collins’ bill, H.R. 2575 (titled “Save American Workers Act”) and H.R. 2988 (titled “Forty Hours Is Full Time Act”). H.R. 2575 is the one that will be voted on. It is likely to pass the House as it has solid Republican support as well as some Democratic cosponsors. NAHC would like to see as many Democrats support and vote for this bill possible in the House, as this would increase its chances of passing the Senate.
NAHC urges all of its members to take a moment to contact their Representatives and ask that they vote for H.R. 2575, which would define full time as 40 hours a week for purposes of the ACA employer obligations.
It will likely come up for a vote on the House Floor next Thursday. To obtain contact information, please click here. When making calls, please ask the receptionist to connect you with staff member person that handles health care issues.
To send a message on this issue to your Representatives and Senators through the NAHC Legislative Action Network, please click here.