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Health Law Could Mean Teacher Layoffs, Fewer Hours

Posted at: 02/26/2013 3:07 PM
Updated at: 02/26/2013 3:08 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hundreds of Iowa school districts are figuring out what the Affordable Health Care Act will mean to their part-time employees.
    
The law taking effect in 2014 will force nearly all of Iowa's 348 school districts to extend health insurance benefits to part-timers who work more than 30 hours a week or reduce hours so those employees wouldn't qualify for benefits. Districts also could opt to be fined for not providing required benefits.
    
Most school districts employ a number of part-time employees, such as teacher aides, cooks and bus drivers.
    
Galen Howsare, of the Iowa Association of School Boards, says officials are seeking more information, "but all districts will be affected in some way."

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