Health care reform adds benefits eligibility for some employee groups
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as health care reform, has created new rules that make some employee groups eligible for medical benefits when they had previously been considered ineligible.
Any of the below employees working on average at least 30 hours per week will be considered a full-time, medical benefits-eligible employee, effective January 1, 2014. A look-back measurement period (potentially May 1 – October 31 for this year) will determine the full-time status of an employee. There are four main groups that PPACA affects within our population:
- Undergraduate and graduate student employees working on average at least 30 hours per week
- Resident assistants and staff residents
- Temporary employees working on average at least 30 hours per week
- Limited term lecturers who teach more than nine credit hours per semester.
It's vital that you identify as soon as possible any employees who meet the above criteria so that you have time to plan a course of action. You may do either of the following:
- Offer the employee Purdue medical benefits
- Adjust a given position so that it does not qualify for benefits
More information and guidance about these groups can be found at http://www.purdue.edu/hr/Benefits/PPACA_guidelines.html. If you still have questions, comments, or concerns, please send an email to email@example.com, and a Purdue Benefits employee will respond to your message as quickly as possible.
-Hannah Jackson, project coordinator
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